BDF essential to country’s development, says PM
The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) ended a week of observing its 36th anniversary with a parade and awards ceremony at Paragon Base yesterday, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart spoke of its crucial role in the country’s development.
Following a parade of troops, Stuart, whose office holds responsibility for defence, took a march past and salute, presented Special Services Medals of Honour, awarded Warrants, and commissioned the pavilion of the cricket ground.
The Prime Minister told members of the Force – which was established on August 15, 1979 – that its role in spearheading national security serves to safeguard interests of modern Barbados, and promote its values as the path to prosperity.
“There cannot be any real and sustained development without the existence of a safe, secure and stable environment. You, the loyal men and women of the BDF, contribute significantly to this enduring national endeavour,” Stuart said while delivering the feature address.
Stuart went on to unveil a plaque naming the base’s cricket ground after its long-standing but now departed groundsman Clyde ‘Onee’ Rouse. The Prime Minister was assisted in this ceremony by Onee’s daughter, Nadia Rouse.