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Saturday 18 November 2017
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PM a no show at Memorial Day Parade, Sharon takes over

LAYING WREATH: The wife of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Sharon lays a wreath at the cenotaph during the Remembrance Day service yesterday at Memorial Park, Port of Spain. PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI

In what is being described as a historic first for Memorial Day celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago, Sharon Rowley the wife of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley attended the ceremony in his place yesterday.

Newsday understands, Dr Rowley was unable to attend as he was occupied with his duties at the People’s National Movement 47th Annual Convention at the Queen’s Park Savannah Grand Stand, a short distance away from the service at Memorial Park.

The ceremony, which honours troops who served in the British West Indian Regiment during World Wars I and II, was attended by President Anthony Carmona, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, members of the diplomatic corps, heads of division and veterans, who participated in the wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial cenotaph.

Over 300 members of the protective services participated in the Memorial Day parade, as officers showcased their skill, discipline and musical prowess beginning at Memorial Park to Frederick street and Independence Square in downtown Port of Spain.

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