As the Barbados Defence Force celebrates its 35th anniversary, it has come it for high praise from the head of the Barbados Evangelical Association, Reverend Dr Nigel Taylor.
“I [tip] my hat to you,” said Taylor, as he delivered the sermon at the force’s anniversary service held at the St Matthias Anglican Church yesterday.
“Your task as members of the force is . . . one that I have a great respect for. I have to respect the men who are commissioned to safeguard the boundaries of our jurisdiction, the men and women who really would give their lives, sometimes without knowing, but sometimes just on the basis of an order,” he added.
“You need to remember, with responsibility comes a strong degree of trust. The trust that comes with your position and with your authority needs to be taken seriously,” Taylor said.
His message to the men and women in uniform was that though the responsibility might seem overwhelming at times, it was never too much for God.
“You should be proud, because I am proud knowing that the people who take the charge to represent me in uniform are persons of integrity –– persons who are willing to speak and also know when to be silent; persons who know when to move and to stand still. Your are to be complimented,” Taylor added.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart led the list of dignitaries who attended the service. Also present were diplomats, representatives of the armed services and well-wishers.
Prayers were offered for the nation, for the Defence Force, for protection from hurricanes and for families. And, there was a musical selection by the Barbados Defence Force Band.
After the service, which was held under the theme Giving Thanks For The Past, Committing To The Future, the uniformed troops marched from the church to BDF headquarters.