Guyana: Prime Minister Brigadier (Retired) the Honorable Mark Phillips thanked the veterans gathered for the Veterans Day celebration for their service and “for choosing to serve in the defense and the security of British Guyana and the Republic of Guyana cooperative ”, in a passionate speech on Friday.
He also reassured them that the well-being of the men and women who have served Guyana through its military forces is included in his government’s social protection plans, which will continue to improve steadily throughout. as his government moves forward to implement its social policies.
Veterans gathered for the wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial, Ayanganna Base Camp, in honor of Veterans Day, which took place earlier this month.
“It was the previous PPP / C government that decided that no government pension should be less than half the national minimum wage, and that decision alone has improved the well-being of many of our veterans… it is the same party when in government, which made a substantial contribution to the completion of the National Veterans Rest Home.
The Prime Minister noted that the previous PPP / C government paid $ 5 million in 2009 and then $ 40 million in 2010 to the veterans’ home.
“This significantly contributed to the building competition and put the National Veterans Rest Home into operation in 2011.”
He added that as he has done in the past, his government will continue to provide for the operation of the nursing home through the GDF budget allocation.
“Dear Veterans, I say this to assure you that the government I represent here today will continue to be a people-centered government and will continue to design and implement policies in a people-centered manner. , and all of our policies and deliveries to the Guyanese people will include our veterans. “
He recalled that veterans, who are government retirees, will benefit from the increase that was announced Thursday. The Prime Minister also donated $ 2 million to the Guyana Veterans Legion. One million was presented in his name and the other in the name of His Excellency President Irfaan Ali.
Prior to the presentation of the donation, Brigadier (Ret’d) Phillips laid the first wreath at the base of the Veterans Memorial. He was followed by GDF Chief of Staff Brigadier Godfrey Bess and Guyana Veterans Legion President Lt. Col. (retired) George Gomes.
The senior government official, who is a former GDF chief of staff, also praised the veterans for their service during their time in uniform and for ensuring that a strong network of former soldiers remains. .
He pointed out that the current Veterans Memorial is the result of a collaboration between the GDF through Rear Admiral Gary Best, then Chief of Staff (retired), and the Guyana Veterans Foundation, led by Colonel Morgan in 2009..
“I want to take this opportunity to express my personal tribute to a recently deceased Jonny Douglas; he and some of his colleagues formed an organization known as the Guyana Ex-Soldiers Benevolent Association… it is on his shoulder and the subsequent work of the Guyana Veterans Foundation led by Colonel Morgan, which has brought us to where we are. today we are with Colonel George Gomes at the head of the Guyana Veterans Legion ”.
Meanwhile, SFM Chief of Staff Brigadier Godfrey Bess, on behalf of serving members of the force, donated $ 1.2 million to the Legion. He called the contribution of the men and women who are now retired “invaluable”.
“Our country will always be grateful to you, brave men and women who served in the military forces of British Guiana and Guyana… on this day we look back with pride and a grateful heart.”
Retired Lt. Col. Gomes, in his remarks, expressed his gratitude to the government and the GDF. This article was published by the Office of the Prime Minister of Guyana.