By Capt. Luis Barber
First published in
SFOR Informer #101, November 22, 2000
- Every year, on the eleventh month, on the eleventh day at the eleventh
hour in the morning, a traditional ceremony is carried out by the Commonwealth
Nations, mainly the United Kingdom. In Sarajevo, the Remembrance Day
joined many nations from around the world with the same idea.
The Remembrance Parade took place in Camp Butmir around the "Circle
of Flags" outside the Headquarters SFOR building. The ceremony
was held to honour those who have died in the service of their country.
this event, Ambassadors of the Troop Contributing Nations were invited
to attend, and troops from the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, United
States, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal participated in the parade.
According German Cpl. Timo Hain, "It is very good to have all nations
together remembering their dead."
Maj. Andy Williams was in charge of co-ordinating while Regimental Sgt.
Maj. James Makin was the Parade Marshall. Prayers, were led by the Rev.
Joseph Moesel from the 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.
This regiment also provided two buglers wearing full ceremonial uniform.
British Lt. Jo Nicholson said of the parade, "This year I am reminded
of all the old comrades from my squadron, the Ayrshire Yeomanry, who
turn up to the parade year after year without fail to remember their
old friends. I know that they will all be in the squadron bar now recounting
stories to the present squadron members."
As an introduction, the chaplain prayed.
meet today to remember before Almighty God, all those who have died
in the cause of freedom, justice and peace for their country in war.
We will pray for all those have survived, maimed in body and mind and
will dedicate ourselves to the service of God and the common good, wherever
right and honour lead."
that, Graham Hand, the British Ambassador, led the lying of the wreaths
on an improvised memorial placed just in the centre of the "Circle
of Flags". Eleven wreaths were laid, surrounded by an emotional
silence. Every representative marched to the memorial and put their
wreath in a very sensitive way.
The buglers then played the "Last Post." It was eleven o'clock
and two minutes of silence filled the morning.
the ceremony, the Canadians improvised another emotional action. They
marched in pairs by the memorial and laid there their own poppies.
The wreaths remained in place until 4 p.m. the next day.
In the opinion of Portuguese Cpl. Manuel Mexia, "It is very worthy
to remember our brave brothers who died in combat."
Nations of SFOR: UK, Spain,