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BDF ‘vital’ in rebuilding Barbados

CARLOS ATWELL, [email protected]

BDF ‘vital’ in rebuilding Barbados

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Barbados seems to be lacking in some key values as it prepares to rebuild.

Reverend Anderson Kellman identified things such as national pride, personal integrity, personal responsibility, respect and a sense of reverence for God as vital, if Barbados is to bounce back from current troubles. He said those qualities were under threat in modern Barbados.

Kellman was giving the sermon yesterday during the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) 39th anniversary annual church parade at St Matthias Anglican Church under the theme A United Force: One Vision, One Journey To Build The Best Barbados We Can Together. He said the force was a key component in rebuilding this country.

“Too often we know what’s wrong but too few try to bring about change. Your theme speaks about a vision, destiny and common ground as we journey to a better Barbados,” he said.

Kellman said the Defence Force understood a need for partnerships, something necessary for rebuilding, but challenged the BDF to determine what more could be done. He also encouraged BDF members to keep pushing forward.

“There will always be naysayers but we can’t be deterred; we must push ahead. As we build the best Barbados, it is God that will grant us the will, strength and energy to rebuild,” he said.

The service featured songs and instrumentals from the BDF chorale, the Barbados Cadet Corps Mass Band and the St Matthias Church Choir.

After the service, the military and para-military men performed the traditional march-past and salute to Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.

Also attending the ceremony was Attorney General Dale Marshall, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson and Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic (retired). (CA)