The 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914-1918) will be commemorated at the Chaguaramas Military and Aerospace Museum on August 4 and 5.
A symposium titled “World War I and its effect on Trinidad and Tobago” will be held from 2-8 p.m. on both days.
The Military Museum, together with the Royal Air Force, embassies of the United States of America and Germany, the British High Commission and other bodies, intends to present a series of events, including the symposium, to “inject in the memory of the present generation the importance of World War I on our world”.
At a news conference on Monday at the British High Commission in St Clair, Brian Mitchell, chairman of the Chaguaramas Military Museum, emphasised the importance of commemorating the anniversary as “the first World War was an enormous tragedy for mankind. Unfortunately, not many of us fully understand the effects of it or the role Trinidad and Tobago played in the World War”.
Mitchell stated the Military Museum, along with many historians, has gathered an extensive collection of records narrating Trinidad and Tobago’s contribution to World War I, as well as its effect on the country.
Academic papers will be presented by a panel of speakers including an officer from the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard; Dr Radica Mahase; University of the West Indies senior history lecturer Dr Jerome Teelucksingh and principal of Queen’s Royal College David Simon.
Mitchell also spoke about future plans to continue educating the public on World War I.
“School essay competitions, mobile exhibitions and art competitions are all in the works. We are just awaiting support from local agencies, like the Ministry of Education and Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, in order to carry out these initiatives,” he said.
And the Chaguaramas Military Museum is welcoming all members of the public to attend and support the symposium to honour the 100th anniversary of World War I.