Dwindling numbers for Remembrance Day parade

Members of the Barbados Defense Forde, Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Legion, the Barbados Fire Service, the Barbados Prison Service, the Girl Guides and the Boy Scouts, the Barbados Red Cross Association and other uniformed groups all turned out for this morning’s Remembrance Day parade to pay their respects for the fallen servicemen and women.

Although a fair number of locals and tourists came out to view the proceedings, one member of the Barbados Legion said the numbers are falling.

“Last year before the 50th, things hyped up a bit but now things have dropped back down,” Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Gittens said.

The retired soldier reminisced that in previous years, the square was filled with throngs of patrons all attempting to get a glance at the parade. But he noted that in recent times the attendance has dwindled.

Nevertheless, he continues to honour the lives of the hundreds of soldiers who paved the way for Barbados’ development.

“The Remembrance Day parade gives me a chance to come and join my other former soldiers, remembering those who served from as early as World War One, who made a better life for us here today,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Following the arrival of the Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, the order was given to salute the veterans.

After the customary firing of the canon, representatives from Parliament as well as embassy representative from the United States, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba and Venezuela paid their respects by laying wreaths at the cenotaph.

88 Responses to Dwindling numbers for Remembrance Day parade

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I am so sorry I didn’t watch this parade because I was preparing for church.

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  2. Nathaniel Samuels November 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Nobody really want to go anywhere fumble is. Remember this is not a DLP affair.
    Anyway, may those soldiers who we remember continue to rest in peace.

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  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    WITH HELP FROM THE DEMS CAUSE THE CAUSE THE DWINDLING CROWDS WILL BE BACK COME 2018

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    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke November 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Can’t we leave out politics for one day?

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd November 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      WHY DONT YOU LEAVE IT? KEEP YOUR REPLIES COMMING THEY AMUSE ME !!!!!

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    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke November 13, 2017 at 3:08 am

      What’s really amusing is the lengths that you are going Lilian to prove to the BLP that you are supporter-in-chief. I asked one simple question. You make everything political. Of course, there could not be another reason for the declining crowd.

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  4. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald November 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Nothing to remember ppl sick of the DEMS

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley November 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      What the hell does it have to do with politics ?

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Sharon Woolley nothing but people fed up I guess

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley November 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Gillian Skeete If they get a cold I guess that will be the fault of the government !!!

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    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald November 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Lord another DLP sheep head in de sand

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    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald November 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Wen I have a government dat have taken away the pride an dignity of the ppl an of beautiful Barbados wat do u have to be proud an joyful about

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley November 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Roger Fitzgerald This is respect for the dead, instead of self pity

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    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald November 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Wen u have a government who respect the ppl of Barbados or give a damn den u tell me about respect

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      People who gave the ultimate sacrifice in War their lives for the freedom of millions all over the world.

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    • Carson Thompson
      Carson Thompson November 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Roger Fitzgerald you also need help

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    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald November 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Barbados ppl have been giving for the last 9 years wen is enough is enough

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Sharon Woolley nothing to do with government Maybe the interest is just not there I don’t know. I used to attend in freezing cold weather not every year but often enough. It is a reflective day November 11th for me, so people will do what they do.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Sharon Woolley not a thing l

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Roger Fitzgerald this was not about being joyful it’s about respecting those who died in war

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Roger Fitzgerald today was not about that

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  5. Blaazer Gee
    Blaazer Gee November 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Did not even know the parade was today…..heard no mention of it anywhere.

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  6. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony November 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    This is not a political parade its about honouring the dead.

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  7. Olivia Linton
    Olivia Linton November 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    What does Remembrance Day have to do with politics I’m confused at these comments

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  8. Taylor Dane
    Taylor Dane November 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Had to choose between bus fare and two pounds sweet potatoes. So my choice was the sweet potatoes.

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  9. John Everatt November 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    It is a good thing the parade wasn’t down Hastings Main Road as it is completely flooded out with sewage again today. Same thing in Worthing. But of course Fumbles would have made an excuse not to attend if it had been held there.

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  10. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Who these people were fighting for. No one never told me that the Caribbean was at WAR with each other.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      They weren’t world wars everyone was in it. Barbados was under the British rule right? Just like Canada etc

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Okay I see. Because we were British they put my people to get killed. They were forced into the war or they volunteer to go and loose their lives like that.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Well if I was around at that time. No way fighting war for no British. They take us from Africa. Put us in slavery. And turned around and put us in the war to get killed.I tell you.

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    • Carson Thompson
      Carson Thompson November 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      you need help

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    • Glynn Griffith
      Glynn Griffith November 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      You should of gone and help the British in Iraq.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I don’t have no war with no one. Only ignorant people fighting war and they ain’t know what they are fighting for.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      I Listened to the British prime recently. And he said that he was mislead by going to fight war in Iraq.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I am not fighting for a soul. I am speaking about me.who want to go and fight war go ahead. Listen what Donald Trump tell a lady recently. Your husband know what he was going to do.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Only ignorant people fighting war for another man country. I fighting for the country that I born in. Not another country. Who wants to get vex with me. That is una business. Go ahead and get gun solute.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Get gun solute when you 6 feet under. The British would take care of your family until every one dead.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      You put a white person. That is good. Go and fight. They will give you a silver medal.

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    • Seth St John
      Seth St John November 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      To insult the memory of people who felt that it was right to stand up to an evil regime hellbent on ruling the entire world under nazi ideals.. you are a special kind of messed up individual..

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Maybe we will be better off today. What type of help we getting from the British. Queen Elizabeth the second have 12 millions pounds hide away in a BANK in Cayman islands.

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    • Ian Gill
      Ian Gill November 12, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Seth St John how did he insult them again? The definition of a soldier is a mindless being call a spade a spade

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    • Ian Gill
      Ian Gill November 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Fight a war fa ppl who enslaved u stupes better ppl hv die no one remembers dem

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      • Jennifer November 12, 2017 at 9:58 pm

        brainwashing on a grand scale.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Look at all of the island in the Caribbean that was under the British rule. And tell me if they getting help from London. When Grenada was taken over by Morris Bishop. The British did nothing.

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      • Miche November 13, 2017 at 8:22 am

        When Grenada was taken over by Morris Bishop.?????

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    • Ann Batey
      Ann Batey November 13, 2017 at 3:37 am

      I am grateful to all the soldiers, black and white who fought for my freedom. To the person who hinted that we might have been better off if the Germans had won, can I point out that he would have been exterminated as he would not part if the perfect ayrian race with blonde hair and blue eyes, the perfect race as per the Nazis

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    • Daniel Burton
      Daniel Burton November 13, 2017 at 5:40 am

      And if Hitler got.our side of the pond conquered none of us would likely be here in the first place. Nobody on this island met his criteria.

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  11. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn November 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Who ever these people were fighting for. Should get compensate.

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  12. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis November 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I would have watch on tv but forgot all about it. No one seems in the mood for anything these days. The country just seems to be liming along under the many stresses.

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  13. Saga Boy November 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Jerome, Nathaniel.. et al speak for yourselves. Everything is politics in Barbados. If a horse goes missing it is the DLP fault. Why is it that you BLP people think that you and only you have the right to run this country? Why is it that you cannot respect the office of the Prime Minister? You mean just because someone has a different political orientation you say the worst things about them? This is destroying the country.

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  14. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz November 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    So sad, yet again in these comments racism rears it’s ugly head, how quick was the UK to send troops and aid to the Caribbean after the Hurricane, how much money is Barbados still getting from the EU, UK, and USA, war is a terrible thing but if we don’t fight against the Dictators of this world then we will all be over run with the likes of Hitler, Idi Amin, Mugabe and many many others, and when they’ve finished conquering the UK, Europe, America, Canada, Asia, Australia, India, then it will be the turn of the Island, which is why people from all Races, Colours, and Creeds joined in the fight, and will continue to do so, Slavery is a terrible terrible thing, and still continues today, but so is Genocide and that also continues today, so please please please think before you make sweeping comments about those who sacrificed everything so you can have the right to free speech and a relatively safe environment to live in

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  15. David Edghill
    David Edghill November 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    We Must Not Forget…

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  16. Carson Thompson
    Carson Thompson November 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I see that we here would gladly surrender this island without a fight because we have no honor and we are just not patriotic ,that is why other Caribbean countries run over us ,we just lime on the blocks and seek hand outs from the government

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  17. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie November 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Historic mistakes and evil forgotten is sure to be repeated

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  18. Outside Looking In November 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    We must honour and respect the fallen. They paid the ultimate price irrespective of political preference

    Remember most, if not all were not around to see the Blue Yellow Blue. Imagine if Adolf was successful

    May they continue to RIP

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  19. Bajan boy November 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Sharon Wooley you always know. It has everything to do with politics blind woman..

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  20. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    lord of the flies carrying ah big head and ah big guts…

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  21. Errol Nurse November 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    When I read comments on things local on face book I know that should I ever have to choose between a jury or a judge alone,no jury.

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  22. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Every thing going on I Barbados right now have to do with politricks . It takes bus fare to get there, snow cones go up, people choosing the priority.

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  23. Joerg Zindler
    Joerg Zindler November 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I saw de London original in White Hall. It was a really fitting tribute to the fallen and injured in the world wars an beyond. Prince Charles done well in laying the reef in her majesty’s, his mother’s place. However, she didn’t look amused and probably would’ve prefered to take part herself.
    Hopefully I will find a video later on to see the celebrations in my 2nd home Barbados.

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  24. Stevie wonder November 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Christmas music started really early.Its all a ploy by the merchants to get the paying public in the mood to spend their few hard earned dollars by Christmas. No one really cares about independence or Remembrance day anymore. Not even in schools.There are no independence programmes like before. We’re really inter-dependent.And soon T&T will take over Barbados and then we’ll be celebrating everything T&T

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  25. fedup November 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Roger Fitzgerald and Angus Benn many here just don’t get it!!!

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  26. Jennifer November 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    @Angus Benn – I am 100% with you on this one. The blacks participated in ignorance in a lot of things even today. Things them had no right to be in. And people really need to stop trying to muzzle people when they talk about the atrocities done to black peoples and which is still continuing and labeling it as being racist. Some people will fool themselves and like scabs over wounds but that is to the good of no one. The white Jewish has for may years been claiming and remembering atrocities they said was done to them and no one steps up to silence them. Far from that they are well protected, and all speech on such must be sanitized. And maybe all this has nothing to do with politics but the fact that this people is just waking up from a nearly 400yr sleep to the ignorance of their ancestor.

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  27. Vad50 November 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    This is about Remembrance Day to pay tribute to our Barbadian veterans who fought in the two World Wars; including our first Prime Minister. I do not see the need to be political about yesterday’s Remembrance Day. Whether or not most of you like the man, you have to respect the office.

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  28. Mark My Word November 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    The Educated, no common sense yard ducks aboard, on a role, they don’t even know what Remembrance Day is all about.

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  29. concern Citizen November 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Well I for one notice a, great fall off due to the restricted areas no one is not allowed to, stand certin places so they see it fit just stay at home and pray you get a better picture

    its not a blp or dlp thing bajans like too much freeness keep fighting for your party
    you all are just like them a pack of jokers whojust dont know any better keep blaming who ever and I repeat Jokers
    you all are the truth hurts deal with it.

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  30. luther thorne November 12, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Angus!
    You are correct.
    Those opposing your comments need to go and research. Go and ask questions. There is so much that needs to be taught and learnt.

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  31. Everick Holder
    Everick Holder November 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    You people should read the chapter in the book by Olutoye Waldron. The British didn’t even want them fighting in their war, because of their colour.

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    • Jennifer November 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      And that I can believe. Delusion of inclusion till this day. Mind you the said war stemmed from the British wanting to avoid themselves and Europe from being enslaved by the Germans, and Japs. So technically blacks went to fight for the Brits to keep them enslaved and not by the Germans too. Now put things the other way around, not one of them will have fought in a black man war. Go to any school in Barbados with a cadet core and look. When that third war is started by them again, black man in it thick.

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      • Jennifer November 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

        And let me say that under race, white USA – the first settlers, so called Jewish, White brits/English, White EU peoples is the same race of peoples. The japs are different, the Germans are different, chinese different etc.

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  32. Rodney Callender November 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Angus Benn no need to keep reminding us of your ignorance of history re the world wars. Your first comment said it all. It is obvious that the BLP have you completely brain washed. This parade has nothing to do with politics. Had it not been for the bravery of those men of the allied forces Hitler would have come for your grandfather’s ass next. You would not have that computer to use to post your silly political crap all now. Plus what those gentlemen did takes a certain amount of balls to do. Which you obviously don’t have. And it takes a certain amount of common sense to get into the army in the first place. So you would have lost out all around. I need to go to the toilet, The DLP and the PM caused it right? Wake up and do some reading before coming on here with silly political BS. This goes for all the other misinformed slow learners supporting you.

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  33. Rodney Callender November 12, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Everick Holder Inform Waldron that it was not a British war. And to stop misinforming his followers. Angus Benn et al must have read that book. Get wunna facts straight. And how many of the battles were fought in Britain anyway?

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  34. Tony Waterman November 13, 2017 at 3:25 am

    After reading all these Gibberish Comments, i am guessing that you all seem to believe that Living as a Slave, Yes!!! a SLAVE, or being slaughtered like the Jews were, would have been MUCH better than living under the British, so much for being Educated.

    Remenbrance Day Has ABSOLUTELY Nothing to do with ANY Political Party ANYWHERE,

    as for being enslaved, the THIRD REICH was Supposed to last for a Thousand Years, and if ADOLPH HITLER/GERMANY had won the War, where do you think we as Black People would be Today.

    The People that we are SUPPOSECXto remember, gave their Lives so that some of us Today are FREE to write whatever GIBBERISH comes to our FEEBLE MINDS.

    To all those who FOUGHT and DIED for our FREEDOM to be able to Write whatever we want to i Say, THANK YOU ALL. from the Bottom of My Heart.

    LEST WE FORGET.

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  35. Jennifer November 13, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Over 40 million dead blacks with sharks following the ships for their food – so called Jews said atrosites – 6 million. There was never even 6 million in existence at that time, another set of fibs. One terror just cannot be compared to another. But the proud will cease among men and the high and the mighty in mind will be brought low.

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    • Jennifer November 13, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Mind you them got reparations from Poland, USA, Germany etc till this day and looking for more. Then here comes the other fibbing Balfour declaration document as icing on the cake. All in good time.

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    • Richard Johnston November 13, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Utter horse manure. The Holocaust is well-documented. You ought to be ashamed for this anti-Semitism

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  36. Darson November 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I CANT BELIEVE SOME OF WHAT I AM SEEING :
    Blame for every thing ?
    Our Fore Parents slaved for this land for Centuries and Gave life Blood Sweat and Tears : No Respect for our Leader ? Sad : I have no Respect for people like That .

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  37. Helicopter(8P) November 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

    On an International day of respect!! Remembering the fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen!!

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    • Richard Johnston November 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Were you there?

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  38. Helicopter(8P) November 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Too much freedom in any one race produces a bunch of illiterates! Why? Because they loose the art of comparative analysis reasoning and organization.

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  39. Belfast November 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I am an ex-Serviceman (a European Army) and I do not attend remembrance day parades or watch it on TV, simply because it has become a showpiece for the political and social classes of Barbados. No longer it seems, that the Ex-Servicemen/ Veterans are accorded the precedence in these parades, and that this is supposed to be a solemn occasion and not an opportunity to wave flags.
    Many of the churches observe Remembrance Sunday, that is where I prefer to be.

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