Tribute to war vet Ulric Cross
Possible last hurrah for Chaguaramas Military Museum
Jensen LaVende firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Chaguaramas Military History and Aeronautical Museum will celebrate its 23rd anniversary tomorrow, with the festivities centring on honouring heroic veterans who gave their lives and services during World War II.
In a media release issued yesterday, the museum’s founder and curator, retired Lt Commander Gaylord Kelshall, said the celebrations would take place from tomorrow through Saturday.
Kelshall said the theme would be “Tribute to our Vets” and will feature several guest speakers who will re-create the glories of battle in foreign lands when they speak over several nights.
The week-long celebration may be the last-ever event held at the museum, which was given up to yesterday to cease and desist occupation of its current site by the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA), or risk further legal action.
The CDA is seeking to reclaim the land currently occupied by the museum, which will be relocated to another site in Chaguaramas.
“The museum cannot afford to relocate on such a short time-frame, as it contains many rare and fragile exhibitions, documents, vehicles and models, as well as a historically accurate recreation of an actual World War I battle trench, complete with realistic sights and sounds.
“The museum is also the home to an actual Tristar L1011 airbus, formerly owned by British West Indies Airways (BWIA), and is the only such aircraft on display outside of an airport in the world,” Kelshall said.
President of the Senate Timothy Hamel-Smith is expected to deliver the opening address and special honour would be paid to deceased war veteran and former High Court judge Philip Louis Ulric Cross, who died last Friday at the age of 96.
Cross, who was a squadron leader with the Royal Air Force during World War II and later a lawyer, attorney general of the Cameroon and High Court judge in Tanzania as well as this country’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, died at his Dere Street, Port of Spain home.
He will be cremated after a private funeral service later this week, while a public memorial service will be held at Memorial Park in Port of Spain on Friday morning.