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The Barbados Defence Force during the parade.

 
   

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Garrison Savannah a special place

6/5/2012

THE Beacon Lighting Ceremony, which commemorated the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen Elizabeth II, is testimony to the fact that the Garrison is the home of military parades and highlights the continued significance attached to this space which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.

That is the view of Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley who was speaking to The Barbados Advocate at this commemoration ceremony held at the Garrison Savannah yesterday evening.

While stating that he was very pleased and impressed with the ceremony and the number of Barbadians who attended the event, Minister Lashley said that ¡the lighting of the beacon, which commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen, is actually testimony to the fact that the Garrison is the home of military parades. It is really the historic Garrison that makes an event like this come off in the way it has.¡

Minister Lashley noted that the display of military precision seen during the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) trooping the colour parade and the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) tattoo demonstrates Barbados¡¯ capability, as part of the Commonwealth, of rising to the occasion and hosting an event of such high standard that would be on par with any other country.

He was pleased that Barbadians responded to the event and showed their appreciation for the display of drill. He complimented the BDF and the RBPF for their display, as well as the members of the Barbados Boy Scouts for eloquently displaying their mastery and rising to the occasion of lighting the beacon.

As he encouraged Barbadians to attend the inscription ceremony for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison on June 13, he noted that it is significant that the Garrison was used for the commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee, which adds to a long list of events held in that green space.

Minister Lashley added that the Garrison has remained the only garrison of its kind which remains intact and is a living site which Barbadians continue to use, and this makes it especially unique. (AR)

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