Tobago's war veteran calls out parents on criminal activity

As the world marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Emanuel Legall, 92, World War 11 veteran, says parents are responsible for the current crime wave facing the nation.

Legall, still quite energetic and vocal on topical issues said: "Most of the parents are responsible for stupidness...16 and 17 years old should be going to school still learning something instead of being on the streets." 

He added: "Parents encourage their children to do stupidness ...and  what I observe when the  police shoot anybody they condemn the police right through and when anybody shoots the police, nobody says anything."

Legall and Tobago's other surviving World War 1 and 11 veteran - Lucille Dennis-Cook, 95, were guests of honour as the island joined the rest of the world in marking the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day on Sunday.

The day, known as Armistice Day worldwide, is commemorated annually on November 11 to mark the signing of the peace agreement between Allies of World War 1 and Germany. 

The agreement took effect on 11 November at 11 am on 1918 and the American army's 11th Field Artillery Regiment fired a single shot to mark the formal end of the war, hence for reason for commemorating the day.

To commemorate this year's 100th anniversary, canons boomed twice -at the beginning and end of a two- minute silence which honours those who fell during the wars.

At exactly 11:08 am Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly Kelvin Charles laid a wreath made of poppies at the foot of the war memorial at A.P.T James Park which was originally named King James V Park.

 Before and after the wreath-laying ceremony, armed and unarmed contingents from Trinidad and Tobago paraded to and from the Fire Services headquarters in Bacolet to James Park, Scarborough.

The armed contingent was comprised of the Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard, Defence Force Reserve, Police Service and Cadet Force.

While the Fire Services, Red Cross Society, Seventh-day Adventist pathfinders, Scouts Association and Boys Brigade made up the unarmed contingent.

Tobago marked its first Remembrance Day in 1960- the year the Commonwealth Ex-Services League - Tobago Branch was formed.

- by Casandra Thompson-Forbes. Video by Kenneth Phillips.

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