By Clifford Stanley
GUYANA Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Commodore Gary Best, yesterday said that the Army is committed to ensuring that all of its former soldiers and other ex-military personnel in this country are taken care of properly.
As an army, we will focus on preserving our history; on providing social services entertainment and education to our ex-military community, so that all who have served well are adequately provided for; so that no one who has served well would feel the need to regret having done so,” he pledged.
Best gave the assurance during a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the men and women who served in the armed forces of British Guiana and Guyana.
The ceremony was part of the ‘Day of Veterans’ programme coinciding with the ongoing 40th anniversary celebrations of the Army.
The function specifically honoured those who served in the military and para-military of British Guiana and Guyana, such as the British West India Regiment, the South Caribbean Forces, the West Indies Regiment, the British Guiana Militia, the British Guiana Volunteer Force, the GDF and the Guyana Peoples Militia (GPM). The venue was the Veterans Monument at Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, and the programme comprised prayers, military music by the GDF band; addresses by the Chief-of-Staff and the President of Guyana Legion, Colonel (ret’d) Carl Morgan, as well the laying of wreaths at the base of the monument. In the hour long mid-morning proceedings, wreaths were laid by Best, Morgan and Mr. John Douglas of Guyana Ex-Soldiers Benevolent Association and Colonel (eet’d) Cecil Martindale of Guyana Ex-Soldiers Association of Canada (GESAC).