By John Smith • 10 November 2019 • 12:18
A scene from last year’s ceremony in Gibraltar
Credit: HM Government of Gibraltar
GIBRALTAR has a proud history of support for Britain during both World Wars and before as it was such an important strategic base and holds annual Remembrance ceremonies on November 11 in honour of those who were lost.
This year, for the first time, it has also been invited to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall alongside representatives of other Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies whereas in the past, a single wreath was laid by the UK Foreign Secretary.
The Overseas Territories in fact lined up in alphabetical order behind the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to present their wreaths in memory of their own citizens who gave their lives alongside others from the Allied countries during the two World Wars plus many other actions over the years.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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