A wreath laying ceremony to remember and honour Mauritian combatants of the World War I was held, yesterday, at the War Memorial at Royal College, Curepipe on the occasion of the Remembrance Day 2018. This year marks the centenary of end of World War I and the signing of the Armistice which ended the battle on the Western Front at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
The Acting President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and the Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence, Minister for Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, as well as several other Ministers and eminent personalities were present at the event.
On that occasion, a commemorative publication and a photo exhibition tracing the history behind the establishment of the War Memorial in Mauritius and the customary procedures that are observed over the years, were launched by the Prime Minister. A mass was also held by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean and Bishop of Mauritius, the Right Reverend Ian Ernest, at the St Clément Church in Curepipe.
This special centennial event was marked by the customary Remembrance Day Parade with the playing of lament by the Police Band and the Special Mobile Force (SMF) Bag Pipers and the observance of two minutes of silence, during which a two-gun salute was fired by the SMF.
Several units of the Mauritius Police Force, including the SMF, the Special Supporting Unit, the National Coast Guard, the Police Helicopter Squadron, Woman Police Constable, the Police Band and notably this year, the SMF Bag Pipers took part in the parade.
Remembrance Day is observed in Commonwealth of Nations Member States as well as in other countries since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
Source: Government of Mauritius