This year marks the hundredth anniversary of World War I and this week is being recognized as Veteran Week in commemoration of those who sacrificed their lives in both World Wars I and II.
The Scarlet Poppy is a symbol and tribute to all those who lost their lives in the wars. The purchase of these poppies will assist in donations to assure that the surviving war veterans and their dependents are cared for.
The Belize Ex-Services League continues to provide for the few remaining veterans and widows countrywide who require the welfare assistance for medical purposes.
Records from the Belize Ex-Services League indicate that there are a total of 11 veterans and 14 widows who require welfare services. There are several other veterans still alive who are not currently dependent on the assistance.
Apart from the donations received from the purchase of the poppies, the Government of Belize also provides a subvention of $1666.00 to assist in the welfare of the veterans and widows.
The poppy drive for last year totalled a sum of $9,252.70 which was used to purchase medication and other medical expenses, fuel for transport to visit the sick/ shut- ins, assistance for burial and other minor necessities.
A Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Memorial Park on Sunday, November 9th at the Memorial Park. The members of the Belize Ex Services League is extending an invitation to the public to go to the event which begins at 11am, to be seated by 10:30am.