PRESIDENT Anthony Carmona has challenged the nation to quit complaining about issues affecting the country, and instead to do what has to be done in order to make society a better place.
He said all too often citizens only speak of their concerns, but fail to do anything to resolve those issues.
Carmona made the statement yesterday at a memorial service for former High Court judge and World War II veteran Ulric Cross at Memorial Park, Port of Spain.
The President said Cross dedicated his life to serving this country and the world, and if we as a nation were truly serious about remembering his legacy, we should continue that struggle.
We in this country have a way of easily forgetting those who made valuable contributions to society after they have died, but this will not be the case with Cross’s passing, said Carmona.
“Old soldiers do not die, they just fade away, but Ulric Cross will not fade away... I challenge each and every one of you to stop talking, stop writing fancy letters to the editor and do what needs to be done, as that great man Justice Ulric Cross did,” said Carmona.
Cross, he said, was a hero in many ways, but he did not consider himself one.
Carmona said Cross fought during World War II, but after his military service was over he went on to serve in various parts of Africa by lecturing in criminal law and becoming a High Court judge in Tanzania.
He later became a High Court judge in this country, then elevated to the Court of Appeal. Cross also served as chairman of the Law Reform Commission, as high commissioner to the United Kingdom and he was also part of the Cotton Tree Foundation, working with some of the most deprived communities in Port of Spain, Carmona said.
“Even at the age of 96, he felt the need to continue to be relevant in terms of pushing philosophies that would raise our sense of humanity. If we are serious about his legacy, in our own little way we can continue that struggle and we can make a difference in this Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Cross was described as “the quintessential man of the world” by the President.
He died last week Friday at his Dere Street, Port of Spain, home, and was cremated during a private ceremony on Thursday.