General information for remembrance day


Sunday, 12th November, 2023 will be observed as the National Day of Remembrance for those who fell in the World Wars of 1914 – 1918 and 1939 – 1945.

It is hereby notified for general information that the following arrangements have been made for its observance in Antigua and Barbuda.

  1. Four Sentries will be in attendance at the War Memorial and the Defence Force Band will play until 8:00am


  1. His Excellency, the Governor General, will arrive at the War Memorial at 8:00am (armed reserved by Sentries)


  • The four Sentries in attendance will stand with “Arms Reserved”


  1. After the blessing the following will be said:


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;


Age shall not weary them nor do the years condemn.


At the going down of the sun and in the morning


We will remember them


  1. The Buglers will sound the Last Post


  1. The “Two Minute” silence


  • The Buglers will sound the Reveille


  • The Sentries will Order Arms


  1. Wreaths will be laid by the


  • E. The Governor General
  • The Honorable Prime Minister
  • The Leader of the Opposition
  • The British High Commission Representative
  • Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Chief of Defence Staff
  • Commissioner of Police
  • Antigua and Barbuda Ex-Servicemen Association
  • The National Cadet Corps
  • The Nurses Association
  • The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross


  1. The Sentries will “Present Arms” and the National Anthem will be played


  1. His Excellency, the Governor General, will greet the Ex-Servicemen on Parade


  • His Excellency, the Governor General, departs


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  1. World War One 1914 – 1918 also known as The Great War or The War To End All Wars. Germany was allied with Austria Hungary and in 1914 the hair presumptive to the Habsburg throne Archduke Franz Ferdinandand and his Wife Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg were assassinated by a Serbian Nationalist. France and Great Britain were allied with Serbia and just like that the fuse for trench warfare was lit and 40 million people lost their lives..In that war fighting on the side of the Germans was an Austrian Lance Corpral in his mid 20s named Adolph Hitler. That soldier would survive the war with honors earning the Iron Cross First Class for bravery. The soldier like many Germans at the time was not content with the allies victory and believed Germany was betrayed by Jews and communist. That anger led to the rise of Fascism and The National Socialist German Workers’ Party aka NAZI movement which Adolph Hitler will become German Chancellor for 12 years and dragged the world into a second World War where over 85 million including 6 million Jews.. Allied Forces mainly Great Britain, France, The United Stated and Soviet Russia fought a brave and bloody war against the Germans lasting six years defeating and pushing the Germans back to their homeland which led to the suicide of Chancellor Adolph Hitler and the end of World War 2. 127.2 million soldiers fought with the allies including 16,000 Caribbean soldiers from the British Colonies.

  2. As far as I know the members of the west indies regiment never fought in any war, most of those who went to Egypt ect were just used as auxiliary support, like digging trenches and doing chores the white British soldiers didn’t do.

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