Prime Minister Mia Mottley says Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours have been able to maintain war free zones for many years, and must tell the rest of the world about it.
Speaking to Barbados’ Legionnaires and their relatives, Prime Minister Mottley said that regrettably, there are signs which remind the country of the need to fight harder for the preservation of peace, love and harmony.
“I have maintained for some time, that we in the Caribbean have a story to tell to the rest of the world, that we could have seen the evolution of our societies over the course of the last 75 to 78 years, without the level of bloodshed that other countries have seen,” Mottley said.
“It is a remarkable story that we can have people of different races, of different classes, of different persuasions, of different religions, live in the smallest possible places, without the kinds of wars and violence that we see elsewhere in the world.”
The Prime Minister thanked the ex-servicemen for all they have done to keep the peace.
“May God bless you always,” she said.
Mottley and Governor General Dame Sandra Mason greeted the Legionnaires that gathered at the BDF for brunch and fellowship, shortly after the annual Remembrance Day Parade.
They both laid wreaths at the cenotaph to remember those servicemen who lost their lives during World War I and II.
Several armed and unarmed units were on parade, including the BDF, Royal Barbados Police Force, Barbados Prison Service, Barbados Fire Service, Boy Scouts and Girls Guides Associations, Barbados Legion, Barbados Cadet Corps, St John Ambulance Association of Barbados, and the Barbados Red Cross Society.