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Governor-General Lays Wreath on Remembrance Day

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph at National Heroes Park on ‘Remembrance Day’, Sunday November 10 in memory of those who died in the Two World Wars. Commonly observed by the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries, a two-minute period of silence ensues at the 11th hour to remember those who have lost their lives. After the wreath-laying ceremony, Sir Patrick joined the Chairman of the Jamaica Legion to greet the War Veterans on Parade. His Excellency...

Governor-General Extends Condolence to the Vaz Family

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has  described the late Douglas Vaz as “a great Jamaican and an esteemed patriot” and   observed that the country would always be grateful for his service. In expressing condolence to the members of the Vaz family on the passing of the former Member of Parliament, Sir Patrick said many Jamaicans would recall his strong voice, self-confidence, and his unshakeable commitment to doing whatever he identified as being in Jamaica’s national interest. The Governor-General said Mr Vaz...

GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO HOST YOUTH CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Patrick Allen is to host his annual Youth Consultative Conference on Wednesday, November 6  at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme “ End Human Trafficking”. The conference is held under His Excellency’s ‘I Believe’ initiative, which takes a targeted approach at addressing young people and providing a platform for them to voice their opinions, dreams and visions for themselves and Jamaica. Delegates from last year’s conference chose the theme as they believe...

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF REGGAE GIRL TARANIA CLARKE

Governor-General extends condolences to the Jamaica Football Federation     Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed condolences to the Jamaica Football Federation and the family of Reggae Girl, Tarania Clarke, who died tragically last week. Describing the attack on Clarke as “disturbing”, His Excellency expressed alarm at the inability to resolve conflicts, which continues to rob Jamaica of young people. He said, “As you grieve at this sad event, I urge you to take comfort in the knowledge that you...

The significance of the Poppy

The areas of Northern France known as Flanders and Picardy saw some of the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting in the First World War. There was complete devastation. Buildings, roads, trees, and natural life simply disappeared. Where there once were homes and farms, was a sea of mud, and graves for the dead where men still lived and fought. The poppy flowers were the only living things that survived. They appeared in vast numbers bringing a delicate beauty to areas,...