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Day 3 Robinson State funeral

By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

The life of former president Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson will be celebrated today at an ecumenical service at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain.
Today marks the third day of a five-day State funeral for Robinson who died on April 9.
On days one and two, his body lay in state in a closed, National Flag-draped casket at the Parliament building of the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, where dignitaries and members of the public paid their respects.
Tomorrow, Robinson’s body will be flown to Tobago where his burial will take place on Saturday.
The ecumenical service at NAPA today is scheduled to begin at 9.30 a.m.
The service will be preceded by the procession of a military cortege with full honours, from the Clark and Battoo Funeral Home to NAPA, along a route to be lined by members of the protective services, uniformed youth groups and school children.
The route from the funeral home will proceed east along Tragarete Road, south along St Vincent Street, east along Independence Square, north along Abercromby Street, East along Knox Street, and North along Frederick Street on to the NAPA.
A release from the Ministry of Trade yesterday said a limited number of invitations were made available to members of the public at the NAPA box office and the San Fernando City Corporation.
Members of the public will be able to view the service on an outdoor screen at Memorial Park, Woodford Square, the Grand Stand at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain and Harris Promenade, San Fernando.
Following the ecumenical service, Robinson’s body will lie in state at NAPA’s Eastern lobby until 3 p.m.
Upon completion of the ecumenical Service at NAPA, the body will be escorted to the Ulric Cross Air Station by coach, with full police security and outrider escort.
The release stated that the move from NAPA will proceed south along Frederick Street, east along South Quay, on to the Eastern Main Road (EMR), the Priority Bus Route (PBR) in the vicinity of Citrus Growers Association, east along the PBR, east along the EMR at Five Rivers Junction, Arouca, south along Golden Grove Road, east along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, south along BWIA Boulevard, into the Ulric Cross Air Station.
Both the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and Clarke and Battoo Funeral Home will be responsible for the proper movement of Robinson’s body.
Transportation of the body to Tobago will be conducted by military aircraft. Upon arrival at the ANR Robinson International Airport, the body will be transported by coach, with full police security and outrider escort, to the Union Funeral Home, Tobago.
Tomorrow, Robinson’s body will lie in state at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) from 6 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. where members of the public can pay their respects and sign a condolence book.
All special guests, dignitaries, officials, and members of the public, will be allowed to pay their respects by filing past the flag-draped unopened casket.
On Saturday, a State ecumenical Service will be held in Tobago from 9.30 a.m. to noon at the Dwight Yorke Stadium.
The body will be moved from Union Funeral Home, south along Government House Road, south along Calder Hall Road, east along the Claude Noel Highway, into the Dwight Yorke Stadium.
Following the service, the body will be moved from the stadium, west along Claude Noel Highway, south along Bacolet Ext Road, east along Main Street into Scarborough Methodist Church.
The release stated that the procession of a Military Cortege with full military honours to the venue of the interment at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery will follow the Thanksgiving Service at the Scarborough Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon.
The route will be lined with members of the protective services and uniformed youth groups.
The final committal and interment of Robinson will be conducted at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery, with full military honours.
Condolence books remain open tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
• The Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
• The Legislative Chamber of the Tobago House of Assembly
• The Roxborough District Inland Revenue Office
• All of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s overseas diplomatic missions and,
• The City and Borough Corporations of Port of Spain, San Fernando, Arima, Chaguanas and Point Fortin.
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