Barbados Coast Guard, Cadet Corps to benefit from Royal visit
Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), Lieutenant Colonel Glyne Sinatra Grannum (left)
- By Ryan Gilkes
Today, Tuesday, March 19, will not only be a special day for Barbados when their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall pays an official visit to Barbados, as part of a Caribbean tour; but also, for the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), more specifically its Barbados Coast Guard and Barbados Cadet Corp detachments.
The BDF’s Deputy Chief of Staff Commander (CG) Aquinas Clarke told LOOP NEWS following the morning rehearsal on Sunday, March 17, 2019, for Tuesday’s military parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in National Heroes Square, the two units will be presented with their Colours and Banner, respectively.
Photo caption: Full dress rehearsal prior to the Tuesday Royal Visit.
In military tradition, the practice of carrying Colours, Standards or Guidons, both act as a rallying point for troops and mark the location of the commander.
“You protect your colours at all costs. You carry your colours everywhere. The last time we did a Colours presentation it would have been to the Barbados Regiment back in September 1981. This presentation will be to the Barbados Coast Guard. They will be presented their ensign and the Barbados Cadet Corp will be presented their banner.
“It is significant for them because now, like the Barbados Regiment, they now have presented colours. They can carry their Colours on parade with a Guard; a guard being 100 men strong, and really show more pride in their unit,” Clarke said.
During this week’s Royal visit on March 19, their Royal Highness will participate in several events.
The Prince will visit the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, observe a demonstration on this island’s hurricane preparedness mechanisms and meet teams involved in responding to recent natural disasters across the region. He will learn more about the work of the Prince’s Trust International on the island, a charity which he founded in 1976, and meet some of the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, The Duchess, who is President of the Women of the World Festival, will attend an event for Barbadian women of influence and pay visits to the Derrick Smith School and Vocational Centre and the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre.