Around the world, 11 November is Remembrance Day. It was “11am on the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918 when the first World War ended. As part of the day’s activities, a 2-minute silence is observed to recognise those who lost their lives in wartimes. Millions of people adorn themselves with poppies as an emblem to recognise those who defended their country.
This post pays tribute to all of the Caribbean soldiers who fought during wartimes. It’s also timely to to share a story done by the BBC, which details some of the soldiers who fought in World War 1 and have been overlooked.
“The history of the Caribbean’s contribution is also the history of our social struggles for acceptance as part of the human race…” Mr Messiah(BBC, 2018)
“Blacks were begrudgingly accepted into the war effort, but their support was absolutely essential,” says Ex-Servicemen’s Association chairman Pagget Messiah. “Without it, the outcome would have been very different.”(BBC, 2018)
Click here to get the story.
Featured Image Photo Credit: “Poppy Fields” by Phil @ Delfryn Design is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0