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Keith Bishop (rep. for BLBB) presents MP James Albury with the first Poppy for the year. The poppies will be available at several Abaco locations. Remembrance Day honours fallen soldiers, particularly those who fought in the World Wars. In World War I, Lewis Lowe of Green Turtle Cay was killed in action at the Battle of Somme.

Poppies Sold to Commemorate Fallen Soldiers

Keith Bishop, Abaco representative for The British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB), on October 5 presented Central South Abaco MP James Albury with the first Poppy for the year in preparation for the sale of the symbols of Remembrance Day on the eve of the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One.

The Poppies will be available at places like Abaco Hardware, Standard Hardware, Pinewoods Nursery and Calypso Coffee House among other places and will be sold in schools across Abaco.

Remembrance Day honours the memory of those that fought in wars internationally – particularly World War I and II – and seeks donations to ensure that BLBB’s “registered” Ex-Servicemen and Widows receive benefits on a monthly basis.

They also receive small grants provided by both its Canadian Headquarters and The Government of The Bahamas.

Abaco’s Contribution

As November 11 approaches, Abaconians can also celebrate the sacrifice of one of their own sons of the soil.

World War One took its devastating toll on British West Indian colonies. Families lost husbands and sons to the great war being fought so far from the sunny beaches of Caribbean islands.

If it were not for a letter written to the Nassau newspaper of February 10, 1917, the Bahamas may never have never known of the ultimate sacrifice and bravery of one of its own, in one of the most famous battles of World War One.

The Battle of the Somme remains one of the bloodiest recorded battles in human history. In less than five months, more than one million men were wounded or killed.

It can never be said that the Bahamas did not sacrifice its own when the call came for war.

Lewis Lowe of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, a Bahamian, was killed in the Battle of the Somme.

He was buried where he fell, at a ruined village, near the Somme, in France.

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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