Restoration of Cross Roads Clock Tower still on, says Kingston mayor

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Delroy Williams, says the plan to restore the Cross Roads Clock Tower and War Memorial is still high on the agenda of the Corporation.

Addressing today's meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) in downtown Kingston, Williams said the design, which is almost completed, will be discussed at the Committee level, so that the members can provide their feedback.

“We said from day one that we have to do some renovation works at the Cross Roads clock and the surrounding area that will truly honour the great sacrifice made by those volunteers from Kingston and St Andrew. We continue to work at it.... I believe we have to invest in that area,” he said.

The structure provides a landmark to the general area and was built to honour the memory of servicemen from Kingston and St Andrew who fought and died in World War II.

In the meantime, he praised those who gave their service and, ultimately, their lives in the two World Wars.

“I use this opportunity to express our gratitude to all Jamaicans who participated, defended, protected and paid the ultimate price to defend democracy. May their legacy and the memory of their service never fade from our collective memories,” he said.

He said last Sunday (November 11) marked 100 years since the end of World War I, and on behalf of the Corporation, placed a wreath at National Heroes Circle in memory of the fallen Jamaicans.

In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as the Great War.

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