THE SECOND BATTALION ON SHOW
By Corporal Joseph Lewis
Headquarters, Jamaica Defence Force
(Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs)
On a hot, bright and sunny Thursday morning, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was once again on display as the Second Battalion the Jamaica Regiment provided the Guard of Honour for the 2011 State Opening of Parliament at Gordon House on April 14.
Major General Antony Anderson looks on at the guard furnished
by the Second Battalion Jamaica Regiment as he awaits the arrival of
His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen. Photo by: Lance Corporal Darren Beckles.
Maj Shane Lawrence was the guard commander at the parade, and as is customary, the morning saw the Governor-General The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Linton Allen receiving the Royal Salute from the Guard of Honour. The Governor General, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff, Maj Gen Antony Anderson then proceeded to inspect the Guard which was furnished by members of the Second Battalion the Jamaica Regiment.
Second Lieutenant Pierce of the Support and Service Battalion
issues words of command during the Opening of the Parliament Ceremony.
Photo by: Lance Corporal Darren Beckles
Members of the diplomatic and consular corps, the Judiciary and cross sections of the Jamaican public came out to witness the colorful spectacle which was attended by a number of Jamaican dignitaries and public officals including the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Music for the parade was provided by a composite band of the Jamaica Military Band and the Jamaica Regiment Band.
After much excitement the morning's event came to an end with members of the Senate disappearing into Gordon House for the day's formalities.