About Guyana Veterans
THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE GUYANA LEGION
Breaking tradition Colonel (Ret) Carl Morgan, MSS became the first former member of the Guyana Defence Force to be elected to the Presidency of the Guyana Legion. Elected at the AGM on 24th February, 2008, the Chief Executive Officer of the MMC Group, former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, former Ambassador to Suriname and Commandant of the Guyana Peoples Militia, pledged to have unity among all veterans.
Colonel Morgan explained that during a visit in 1999 General Sir Edward Burgess, Deputy Grand President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League called for a merger of the Guyana Legion and Guyana Veterans Foundation. He said that General Burgess was impressed with the plans for the National Veterans Rest Home and felt that it could serve the needs of all ex-soldiers both pre and post independence.
Morgan pointed out that in 2000 efforts by the Office of the President to have one body representing all veterans and incorporating all the various associations, failed to materialize.
The new President, who is also Trustee of the Guyana Veterans Foundation, said that he plans to make this merger a reality. He said that it would be a long and uphill task filled with pot holes of jealousy, envy and pettiness and sometimes malice. He felt that the time to achieve unity is now.
He assured the ex-service men and women of World War 2, the members of the South Caribbean Forces, the British Guiana Militia and the British Guiana Volunteer Force that he was not there to take any thing away from them but he intends to ensure that they are better served.