On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the world will observe one hundred years since the signing of the armistice to end World War I. The conflict, which caused the lives of some 16 million souls, was known as “the great war to end all wars.” It began on July 28, 1914, an ended on Nov 11, 1918. The war was between Germany and most of the countries of the free world.
World War I led to the formation of the League of Nations, which was a complete failure and later replaced by the United Nations after World War II.
Since British Honduras was a colony, many of our men served in World War I. They were promised land by the colonial administration on their return. Some of them had to riot just to receive some swamp land. Some streets in Belize are named after some areas of WWI — Euphrates, Amara, Basra, Cairo, Mosul, etc.
After the armistice was signed at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month, thousands more died simply because they were not aware of the armistice.
At this time we recognize our veterans who have served, especially our Ex-Servicemen’s League.
Alfonso Ramirez, Sr., J. P.
P.S. Check out the poem “In Flanders Field”