OBSTACLES TO HEALING AND RECONCILIATION
IN GRENADA AS IDENTIFIED BY THE TRUTH
AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
AND DATES FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Another area identified by the Commission as an obstacle to healing and reconciliation in Grenada is the question of dates for national commemoration and/or Remembrance Day and public holiday. Many persons are still at odds and are divided over the following questions:
- Should March 13th be commemorated in any way?
- Should there be a national commemoration of the death of Maurice Bishop and others who died on the Fort on October 19th, 1983?
- Should October 19th be a national holiday?
- Should October 25th—the day that the combined U.S./Caribbean forces intervened in Grenada continue to be a national holiday?
These questions need to be resolved in some way, in order to foster reconciliation in the land.
The T.R.C. recommends that the authorities may consider the following:
- Getting some form of national consensus on the questions mentioned above.
- Building a monument (somewhere in St. George's) in memory of those who were executed on Fort Rupert or those who died, as a result of being shot there or otherwise on October 19th 1983. Inscribe their names on it.
- Building tombstones, in St. George's cemetery over the graves of those Grenadians who died fighting during and as a result of the intervention and whose bodies were returned from Cuba. Inscribe their names on it.
- The authorities should try as hard as possible to find the remains of those who were executed on Fort Rupert on October 19th, 1983; and as far as possible, identify all others who died there, or as a result of the tragedy. If the remains of those who were executed on Fort Rupert on 19th October 1983 are found they must be put to rest with a proper funeral and burial. There could also be a day set aside when people throughout the island who lost loved ones during or as a result of the tragedy of October 1983 can mourn the lost of their loved ones.