Cayman rep to lay wreath in London

| 08/11/2019 | 19 Comments
Cenotaph in London

(CNS): Following a near 20-year campaign to allow the overseas territories to lay their own wreaths during Britain’s annual service of remembrance in London, André Ebanks will become the first Caymanian to do so this Sunday. Ebanks, who is the Cayman Islands representative in the UK, will attend the national service at the Cenotaph in remembrance of those who have lost their lives from this country fighting alongside the British.

In the past the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has laid a wreath on behalf of all the British Overseas Territories. However, in 2001 the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) launched a campaign for the right to lay a wreath themselves, and in 2008 the Labour government agreed that one wreath could be laid on behalf of all territories by the UKOTA chairman.

But this year, for the first time in the history of National Service of Remembrance, BOT representatives have been invited to lay wreaths on behalf of citizens of their respective territories.

Ebanks will lay a wreath to remember the contribution of people from the Cayman Islands who fought and died for the crown in both world wars and other conflicts.

“Caymanian service personnel have served in the UK armed forces and Merchant Navy and it is not only fitting but appropriate that they all be recognised, remembered and thanked at the National Service of Remembrance in London,” he said in a release from the London office.

“The invitation to lay a wreath for the Cayman Islands is a great honour and is the direct result of an ongoing campaign by UKOTA. I am honoured to present this fitting tribute to our Caymanian service men and women to the UK,” he added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Whos laying the wreath?
    Should we know him?

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. Anon says:

    It would be interesting to know how many Caymanians fought and died for the Crown in the Second World War.Do we have a monument here for these brave people here in Cayman and a record of where, when, and how they died?.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes it would.

    • Anonymous says:


      Poppy Day was for WW1

      • Anon says:

        8.19pm Please do not use your vile language on this subject. Poppy Day/ Remembrance Sunday was originally introduced to commemorate those who died in the First World War, but now includes all those who died in both World Wars.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is the Cenotaph in front of Elmslie Memorial Church and the Seaman’s Memorial across the road from it in George Town (near Fort George), as well as the Cenotaph in Stake Bay, Cayman Brac. Every Remembrance Sunday wreaths are laid in all three places. It is also gratifying that the UK are now giving more fitting acknowledgement to the contributions of the Overseas Territories. I agree with you that it would be good to have as full and clear a record of Caymanians’ war service as possible – one that is readily accessible for all. Hundreds of Caymanians served at home and in the Caribbean, European, North African and Pacific theatres in World War II.

    • Scotland Yard says:

      Unfortunately we only recognise and erect monuments of corrupt politicians. The brave and good people of the Cayman Islands are just forgotten.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Brac has a monument with all the names.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Considering the dead were sent to their deaths by corrupt governments, I think a stronger statement should be made.
    Nobody wants war except the elites and the minds they have poisoned.
    When you lay the wreath, call the bastards out.

    • Anonymous says:

      If Hitler had won WWII you wouldn’t be alive to post that comment. Neither would I. Enjoy your freedom but don’t abuse it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hitler, Churchill, Stalin…all on the same side. You abuse my freedom with your closed mind.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just surmising. You are just full of conjecture. I would suggest that you wake up. Wake up for beginners…watch The Matrix or Jesus of Nazareth by Zeffirelli.

      • Anonymous says:

        The arrogance of privilege. It’s nice to be academic about things like tyranny and genocide.

        Real men and women rose up to meet these evils with an appropriate level of force which costs lives.

        I am not saying all wars are justified but our world, without the interventions that occurred in WW1 and WW2, would be drastically different today and indeed a lot more homogenous as there were plans to wipe people like me and my ancestors off the face of the Earth.

        We have these revisionists, millennials, academics and a resurgent right wing that for differing reasons belittle the bravery and sacrifices of those who came before.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hitler never wanted the UK.
        Check your facts.

    • Anon says:

      1.02pm Moron!

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