The Wreath Laying Ceremony of the Remembrance Day was held, yesterday, at the War Memorial, Royal College, Curepipe, to pay tribute and honour the combatants who served in the two World Wars.
In attendance at the wreath laying ceremony were the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun; the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth; and other significant individuals.
The wreath laying was preceded by a parade led by the Mauritius Police Band. The bagpipers from the Special Mobile Force then played ‘Going Home’. Next, the ‘Last Post’ was sounded, followed by two minutes of silence, and the ringing out of the tune of the ‘Réveille’.
Afterwards, wreaths were laid by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Leader of the Opposition, the Acting Mayor of Curepipe, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Chairperson of the Ex-Services Association of Mauritius, and representatives of the Mauritius Red Cross Society as well as the National Council of St John Ambulance.
It is recalled that the War Memorial on the Royal College Grounds in Curepipe was unveiled in 15 April 1922 to honour the Mauritians serving under the British flag during the First World War, among whom were many students from the Royal College in Curepipe. Since then, Remembrance Day is commemorated at the foot of the War Memorial to salute the contribution of those who had fought during the two World Wars.