Sunday, 13th November, 2022 will be observed as the National Day of Remembrance




Sunday, 13th November, 2022 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 read:


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 Hon. Prime Minister
  • The British High Commission Representative
  • Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Consular Representatives
  • The CDS of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force
  • The Antigua Legion
  • The National Cadet Corps
  • The St. John’s Ambulance Brigade
  • Other Uniformed Bodies
  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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    “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Remembrance Day observance, we must remember the victims of the economic warfare waged against our heroic, enslaved ancestors and our noble, native great grandparents, of African descent. They, our African descendants, had none and few choices within the economic systems of slavery and colonialism to earn a living: “washing, cleaning, working in the canefield, picking cotton.” They produced the economic wealth and cultural benefits of our slave owners and colonizers.
    They, our African descendants, survived by practicing the fundamental economic principle: “eat a little, save a little and spend a little.” And spiritually, they internalized hope of a better future, faith, through religion.

    In time, we can dedicate our own symbolic remembrance by a large, hard rock, possibly the hard rock dredged for the Fifth Berth, with remembrance markers in every village (17?) in Antigua & Barbuda. The decisions for locations, dates and format of celebrations must come from the collaborative efforts of our villagers and administrative governmental support.

    Poem: ‘Lest We Forget’
    “Lest we forget, tell us again and again,
    About our forefathers strong,
    Who toiled for their captors in sun and in rain,
    And lived to triumph o’er this great wrong.

    Tell us about Africa, the slave ships, everything-
    widi- widi bush, pond water, bush tea,
    The Labour Union in the days when Sugar was King
    Their warfare, and their great victory.
    Tell us, and tell us often, lest we forget,
    And our identity becomes lost, so to speak;
    This would most certainly cause much regret;
    For as a people, we sure are unique.”

    By Mary Geo Hampson-Quinn, educator, poet, historian, community leader and philanthropist.

    Save our Humanity, Save our Youths, Save our Environment, Save our Soil!!!!


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