Friday 08 November 2019
The Bailiwick of Guernsey, along with representatives of the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom's Overseas Territories, has been invited for the first time to attend the National Service of Remembrance this Sunday to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in London.
Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy & Resources Committee will attend the service to lay a wreath on behalf of the governments and people of Sark, Alderney and Guernsey, honouring those who fought and died in both World Wars and other conflicts.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey, along with the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man, was previously recognised in the ceremony by the wreath laid on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Bailiff Sir Richard Collas commented that:
"I am pleased that a representative of the Bailiwick of Guernsey has been invited this year to lay a separate wreath at the Cenotaph to commemorate the men and women from our islands who served during the two World Wars and other conflicts. It recognises our special status and the ultimate sacrifice which so many men and women from the Bailiwick have made over the years in defending the British Isles.
"I wish to remind islanders that as usual there will be a Remembrance Service at the Island War Memorial in St Peter Port. I hope that many islanders will take the opportunity to attend to remember and give thanks for those who have given their lives in the cause of peace and who also, even today, continue to make the supreme sacrifice in the cause of world peace."
Deputy Gavin St Pier said:
"It is an honour for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which has been invited for the first time, to lay a separate wreath at the Cenotaph to commemorate the men and women, including those from our islands, who made sacrifices during the two World Wars and other conflicts, and it is an enormous privilege for me to represent the people and governments of the islands of Guernsey, Sark and Alderney at this service.
"It is appropriate that the Bailiwick has been invited to have its own representation at this service. In part it reflects the greater depth of understanding of our unique status, history and ancient relationship with the Crown, which of course began 500 years before the formation of the United Kingdom. We have increased our profile in the international sphere and this is reflected too at the national level.
"Remembrance Sunday is an important day for all the islands of the Bailiwick and has long been commemorated by the laying of wreaths at our memorials to local service women and men. This invitation to take part in the national service recognises the contribution and sacrifice of the service personnel from the Bailiwick of Guernsey who stood alongside the rest of the British family in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, supported by their families, to protect the freedoms that we are privileged to enjoy."
President of the States of Alderney, Mr William Tate, said:
"On Sunday the people of Alderney will again commemorate those who gave their lives for their country, as they always do. They do so as part of a wider British family and welcome the opportunity to be represented at the National Remembrance Service."
Conseiller Peter La Trobe-Bateman, President of the Policy & Finance Committee, Government of Sark said:
"On this Remembrance Sunday, Chief Pleas of Sark pause to remember all those who left our Island to serve in all the armed forces and gave their lives for our freedom."