August 23rd 2015 marked 18 years since the death of the late Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, former Prime Minister of the state of Grenada from 1972-1979. He was born on 18th February 1922 and died on 23rd August 1997.
Executive members and supporters of the Grenada United Labor Party turned out to a wreath ceremony at the graveside on Sunday August 23rd at 4:00 pm. Archbishop John Noel and his congregation; “Children of the Light INTERNATIONAL Arch Diocese” conducted the short but impressive ceremony.
Brother Jerry Romain called the ceremony to order and invited those present to join in saying the Lord’s Prayer after which Bro. Oliver Nedd introduced and welcomed Archbishop John Noel and his congregation and invited guests. He also took the opportunity to make a few remarks and highlight some of the achievements of the former Prime Minister and his cabinet.
These achievements include the approval of the establishment of the St. George’s University School of Medicine, The National Zoo, Independence, the lowering of the voting age from 21 to18 years, introduction of women into the Royal Grenada Police Force, pre primary schools, Youth Venture 1971 and Youth Week 1976, Land for the Landless among others.
Bro. Clarence Rapier then invited Archbishop Noel to conduct the ceremony and the laying of the wreath. Other members of the GULP executive gave short comments and the vote of thanks. Music was supplied by the Jolly Boys; headed by Cephus Felix also known as Upsetter and the closing prayer was done by Archbishop John Noel.
Light refreshments were served and Sister Edith Mc Donald took the opportunity to lay a wreath on behalf of her father the late Sir Eric Matthew Gairy.
The occasion is expected to be a bigger one next year, with greater participation by the people of Grenada.