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As the world celebrates the 104th anniversary of World War 1 Armistice, former President David Granger today said gratitude is forever owed to the gallant men and women who gave their lives in both World War I and World War II.
“Their example strengthens our resolve to maintain our efforts for world peace with justice and prosperity for all peoples,” the former President said.
Mr. Granger said Guyana respects and is thankful for its men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of human dignity, social justice and freedom from all forms of oppression. Such acts, he underscored, have taught an indelible lesson to Guyanese of what it means to be selfless and in service for the greater good.
“Let’s remember also those Guyanese who, since Independence, have died in the service of our nation. Let us thank those who continue to defend our territory and our patrimony. We, the citizens of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on this solemn occasion rededicate ourselves to the search of peace and well-being of our beloved country,” Mr. Granger said.
More than 65 million persons fought throughout World War I, which began in 1914 with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
The war ended on November 11, 1918, when a general armistice was agreed to by both sides, and it is estimated that between 15 million and 19 million persons lost their lives during the period.
At the end of World War II in 1945, Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday and is usually observed on the first or second Sunday of November. The poppies worn by persons who participate in observances are part of the Poppy Appeal launched annually to ensure that those who made the sacrifice in the two Great Wars (1914- 1918) and (1939 – 1945) are remembered.
In Guyana, Remembrance Day is observed on the Sunday closest to November 11.