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Armistice Day observed in VI

Acting Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), right, was part of the wreath-laying ceremony in observance of Armistice Day at Government House on November 11, 2023. Photo: GIS
Armistice Day was observed in the Virgin Islands with a wreath-laying ceremony at Government House on November 11, 2023. Photo: GIS
Armistice Day was observed in the Virgin Islands with a wreath-laying ceremony at Government House on November 11, 2023. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November 11, 2023) the Virgin Islands paused to mark Armistice Day.

Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of wearing a remembrance poppy, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.

The occasion was observed with a wreath-laying ceremony at Government House.

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG was joined by the Acting Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) and Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr.

Also in attendance were war veterans living in the Territory and staff of the Office of the Governor.

25 Responses to “Armistice Day observed in VI”

  • Asking For Myself (12/11/2023, 13:05) Like (28) Dislike (23) Reply
    When are we going do a wreath-laying to honor the genocide of slavery?
    • @ asking for myself (12/11/2023, 14:30) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
      Good question as they refused to chat about slavery! People don’t understand it. It was a strange time in our history, It isn’t something they want us thinking about, but over 10 million Africans died
    • @Asking For Myself (12/11/2023, 15:02) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      This government and Opposition are too busy fighting each other and allowing the colonial people to get away with a modern tactic of reintroducing slavery upon the people of the BVI against our will.
    • @Asking For Myself (12/11/2023, 19:39) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      The query would be best served if you ask yourself;
      "When am I going to do wteath- laying to honor the genocide of slavery"
      We they. Are excuses to do nothing but cast blame.
      Too much of that going around.
      I know that casting a wreath in the ocean in honor is and has been donein the BVI. The controversy about newcomers behavior resulting in the degradation of our August Monday Festivities are concerns regarding the disruption of the respect and honor of our enslaved ancestors.
  • OJ (12/11/2023, 13:19) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    A lot of racism people
  • lodger (12/11/2023, 14:41) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Disappointed this wasnt more widely advertised. In previous years it has been held at various churches, and latterly at the college. Had to watch UK tv coverage last night and this morning.
  • Mick Mars (12/11/2023, 14:51) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    GQ minister got on some expensive shades mehson
  • Two failures (12/11/2023, 15:03) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Governor and everything under kye are two failures.
  • Reparations pls (12/11/2023, 15:23) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Teach our children the truth. History teachers y'all need to do some real research.
  • sincesir (12/11/2023, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is a very remarkable and interesting post.
  • Rich (13/11/2023, 01:08) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    What exactly did veterans of this war or the war itself contribute to the Caribbean Islands that would cause us to remember/celebrate?
    • @Rich (13/11/2023, 10:08) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      A number of Caribbean Islanders served and fought with the Allies and should be part of the remembrance.
  • Yes (13/11/2023, 04:20) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The minister looking real handsome there I don’t know if was him.
  • But do we really know what we are celebrating? (13/11/2023, 04:28) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    A Celebration for Emperors of the Colonized Territories. Symbolism in plain sight, still continues to this very day. The governor should know all to will of their “position” in history. Gatekeepers of it’s continued value.

    When will our people ever learn?
    Always “soo” eager to participate in their rituals.

    “Opium, from which morphine, heroin, codeine, and papaverine are derived, comes from the milky latex in the unripe seed capsule of the opium poppy.” [FACTS]

    Manufactured by them and distributed by them- mostly used for huge profits off the destruction of less fortunate people.
    • @But do we really know what we are celebrating? (13/11/2023, 10:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      That's a pretty ignorant statement. There is deep significance in poppy fields associated with war. The internet has made research on such very easy.
  • tis true (13/11/2023, 05:00) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Remembrance of Wars and Deaths. How do wars start? Why have them? And for what reasons? Are there truly a winner and a loser? Who profits from all this destruction and suffrages?
  • Interesting (13/11/2023, 05:14) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why is the opium flower, of all flowers, used as a symbol for this occasion?
    • @Interesting (13/11/2023, 10:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Because a famous battle was fought in a poppy field in Flanders.

      Respect for the dead and living is in short supply in the BVI!
  • His “Story” (13/11/2023, 05:23) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is always padded with very little truth and an over abundance of lies. They (the colonists) will never come straight on anything. They call it,“Diplomacy.”
  • Strooopssss (13/11/2023, 09:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Need lay a wreath for the Genocide of these Blasted Bad Roads #WasteofTimeMinister
  • poppy (13/11/2023, 09:54) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    is the red flower of love; aka papaver rhoeas. This is the species of poppy celebrated on Armistice Day and grows in western Europe, the location of WWI.

    Papaver Somniferum, the opium poppy, is the narcotic flower of pain relief that does NOT grow in western Europe.
    • to poppy (13/11/2023, 10:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      That poppy is not the one used for these occasions. Research the images of both and discover something new. “If one wants to hide anything, do it in plain sight.”
    • truth be told (13/11/2023, 11:24) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @poppy. For me, @I rather go with “but do we really know…,” because their stories, their history have always been perverted.
  • gw (13/11/2023, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. KR is wearing some expensive shade, man. Maybe it is a gift for his birthday.
  • Eldread (13/11/2023, 23:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a parody all over the Caribbean where black people loved the queen of England so they loved their white slave master so much that they went to fight Hitler to give hegemony to USA and UK, that's now set these murderous nazi's of Germany rewarded with lands in Palestine to create a mythical Israel that commiting genocide against worst the rightful owners of Palestine with the ok by USA and John Rankin to kill as much as they can. When they went to Germany Hitler said to england, he is embarrassed to see that they armed monleys with guns to hurt white flesh of superior order , these black people who enlisted was used to go empty white soldiers fecaes (shit) and other ad jobs, and when they returned to the white metropolis, they can't use the same restaurant or bathroom in the USA, that's why mahamadali threw away his Olympic ring he won for representing USA and could not eat in the same restaurant with whites, it's a sacrilege to call them soldiers, they were more exterior kissers who love what their minds was harvested to do, as in school we had to pray each morning saying god bless the queen, and sanged rule Britannia rule. So they thought they were heroes fighting in war, never even share the same facility with white soldiers and we're given inferior weapons and not full automatic machine guns so please, whites like John Rankin must be cracked up with laughter during this parody.

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