The island’s armed forces were at the St Matthias Anglican Church on Sunday to celebrate the 39th anniversary for the Barbados Defence Force. Also present were Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, Attorney General Dale Marshall, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Minister of Health Col. Jeffrey Bostic and members of the diplomatic corps.
During the service, Chief of Staff of the BDF Colonel Glyne Grannum reminded the officers of their invaluable contribution to the safety and tranquility of Barbados and the wider region.
“Over the past years, the Barbados Defence Force [has been] privileged and proud to remain committed to working with its local inter agency partners, ministries, the Regional Security System and international allies to safeguard not just our peace, not just our tranquility as the gem of the Caribbean but indeed that of our neighbours. The Barbados Defence Force should remain resolute in all our activities and support the state in its march towards higher levels of national development,” said the colonel, while relaying the Force’s commitment to ensuring the safety of Barbados and its citizens.
“We shall be a united force working towards one vision on a journey to help build the best Barbados we can together. We should continue to do our best because every member of the Force, the team and the country on a whole are counting on us,” he added.
Reverend Anderson Kellman also called for the rebuilding of a country that was respectful and patriotic. He encouraged the congregation to put their country first as citizens and as servicemen.
“If we are going to rebuild, then our national pride must be at a high. We must be ready and willing to love our country enough to lend our hands and our minds [to] the process of rebuilding. As we set out on this journey to build the best Barbados … we must be individuals with a sense of national pride and love for our country. There must be personal integrity; we must be able to make a correct appraisal of the situation and then establish a plan of partnership as we journey together,” Kellman told the congregation. (KK)