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.
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.