On February 28, 2019 a Rededication and Wreath Laying Ceremony was held in memory of Veterans who served in WW II with the British and Allied Forces, at the Clock Tower, Cross Roads in Kingston. The Clock Tower is a monument in honour of brave volunteers of Kingston and St. Andrew.
In attendance were the Mayors of Kingston & Gibraltar (Twin Cities) along with one WW II Veteran James Crouch who laid the wreath in memory of the fallen veterans and other Veterans of the Jamaica Legion.
The Mayor of Gibraltar paid tribute, on behalf of Gibraltarians, to citizens of Kingston and St. Andrew who provided refuge to Gibraltarians who came under attack from the Germans in the 1940s. The Mayor was conferred with the keys to the City of Kingston in recognition of the over 70 years ties between the cities.
The Parish of St. James was awarded the Trophy for the most funds contributed from the Poppy Appeal Drive for 2017-2018. The presentation was made at the Jamaica Legion (R.C.E.L.) 69th Annual Conference held on November 24th 2018 at Curphy Place, Kingston. Ms. Julette Murray, member of the Montego Bay Branch, Jamaica Legion being presented with the award by Col. Steven Guilbault, Defence Adviser from the Canadian Embassy, Kingston.
The Secretary General R.C.E.L. Lt. Col. Warren visited Jamaica from Friday November 30, 2018 to Monday December 3, 2018. He met with the members of Island Council Jamaica Legion on Friday November 30, 2018, Curphey Place, Kingston. On Saturday December 01, 2018 the Secretary General attended a meeting at the Manchester Branch Jamaica Legion and later that day he visited Curphey Home in South Manchester.
On Saturday December 08, 2018, members of the JDF Ex-Soldiers Association Western Chapter, Montego Bay Branch, Jamaica Legion met at the Verney House Hotel to continue the WWI Centennial Celebration with a Remembrance Dinner attended by Lt. Col. Andrew Sewell J.P., Chairman of the Island Council Jamaica Legion, Family Members and friends of the Association. Following an enjoyable dinner, guest speaker for the evening, the affable Mrs. Claudette Bryan J.P., President of the Lay Magistrate Association of St. James made a very compelling presentation on the power of spreading love, recreating a community of caring and sharing with our neighbours and simply being our brothers and sisters keeper. The message was well received by a group of comrades who knows firsthand what it means to look out for each other. It was an evening where the members fondly reminisced on their time spent in service to their country, good music, spirited conversation and laughter.
The Jamaica Military Band Concert 2018 On Sunday August 12, 2018, the JDF Ex-Soldiers Association Western Chapter, Montego Bay Branch Jamaica Legion hosted its Annual Jamaica Military Band Concert under the patronage of the Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad H. Pitkin C.D., J.P. The concert was held at the Half Moon Conference Centre, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, under the direction of Conductor, Acting Director of Music, Jamaica Defence Force, WO1 Albert S. Hird. The Band provided an evening of entertainment and musical excellence for an overwhelmingly appreciative audience which packed the Hall to capacity. It was a showcase of a variety of performances and music, from classical, contemporary to ska, soca and gospel. There was also a “cartoon symphony” that was well received by the children and the young at heart! The event was chaired by the very affable Mrs. Marline Stephenson-Dalley, Master of Ceremonies, who on behalf of the host extended appreciation to the many sponsors and donors for their support to stage the Annual Concert. The proceeds are in aid of Curphey Home for ex-servicemen/women, located in South Manchester, Jamaica. Lt. Col. Murphy Pryce, Chairman of the National Poppy Appeal closed the event with special commendation for the organizing committee and expressed appreciation to the patrons for the tremendous support and urged them to continue supporting the concert for a very worthy cause.