Monday 15 July, 2019

Stately departure for a great one: Seaga’s final burial rites

Military personnel lowering the casket with the body of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, into his final resting place at National Heroes Park in Kingston on Sunday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Military personnel lowering the casket with the body of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, into his final resting place at National Heroes Park in Kingston on Sunday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, was buried at the National Heroes Park in downtown Kingston on Sunday with the full slate of national honours.

It was a sombre ceremony in which the military police staff placed his casket above his grave and lowered it in slowly.

Tears rolled down the cheeks of some mourners who were close by, while a crowd that had gathered behind barriers to the north of the park, tooted horns and shouted his nickname, 'One Don'.

His remains were committed by the Reverend Robert Thompson and Bishop Herro Blair.

Wreaths were laid by his family members and designated officials, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips; former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller; Speaker of the House, Pearnel Charles; Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange; and Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie.

Minutes before, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) riflemen sent off volleys of shots in a 19-gun salute for the former prime minister.

After the wreath-laying, the Jamaica Folk Singers delivered a medley of spiritual songs as the mourners milled around.

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