Defence Force celebrates 36th anniversary
The Barbados Defence Force celebrated its 36th anniversary today with a call for officers to reflect on their contribution towards maintaining a peaceful society.
The request came from Reverend Roslyn Harper-Johnson in her sermon to mark the occasion at the St Matthias Anglican Church.
“The glue that holds our society together… called social capital, has been getting weaker,” Rev. Harper-Johnson warned.
“On this, our 36th anniversary service, as we come together to give God thanks for the years past, for the years of being members of the Barbados Defence Force, we must reflect on what we have done to build our force, our community. And as we look forward to the future, what can we do as men and women of the Force to make it better.
“It must be in the forefront of our thoughts this morning what it means for the Defence Force to be a community, and how we can build and maintain its sense of community in an environment, in a country where the social bonds have been steadily eroding over the last couple of years,” she added.
Among the congregation, which included members of every unit of the Force, were acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves; Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite; Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson; and Senator Patrick Todd, who represented Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Following the service, there was a salute and march past for Sir Phillip on St Matthias Road, followed by commissioning of seven new officers at St Ann’s Fort.