The Prime Minister inaugurates the gallery of tribute to Mauritian veterans of the First and Second World Wars
The Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, inaugurated, this afternoon, the gallery of tribute to the Mauritian veterans of the First and the Second World War, installed at 1st floor of the Mauritius Natural History Museum in Port Louis. The Gallery’s web page and a Souvenir Magazine were also launched for the occasion.
The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Renganaden Padayachy, the Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr. Avinash Teeluck, the President of the Mauritius Ex-Services Trust Fund, Mr. Roy Manfred Mike Mungur, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and other personalities were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
In his speech, Prime Minister Jugnauth stressed that this new gallery is the perfect way to pay homage to compatriots who fought in the world wars and who served during the post-war period as it is a way to remember them and also honor their service. like sacrifices. This initiative, he stressed, ensures that they will never be forgotten.
The Prime Minister stressed that the Tribute Gallery will come under the jurisdiction of the Mauritius Museums Council, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage. Exhibits at the Gallery, he said, will help present and future generations honor the bravery of the 38,000 men and women who left Mauritius in the context of the two world wars. According to him, they have made a significant contribution to global efforts to defend global democracy and protect fundamental freedoms.
Mr. Jugnauth pointed out that most of the Mauritians who operated on the front lines had enlisted in the British Army, but however, a few of them served in the Free French Forces during World War II. He expressed his gratitude to all foreign institutions and individuals who shared their technical expertise in museology or made documents, artefacts and digital content available for exhibition at the Gallery. He also congratulated one of the main sponsors of the Gallery, the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, to which the Mauritius Ex-Services Trust Fund has been affiliated since 2004.
Further, Prime Minister Jugnauth pointed out that as the veterans community is aging and shrinking in size each year, the government has decided to dissolve the Trust Fund. The duties and responsibilities of the Trust Fund will then be entrusted to the Association of Former Servicemen of Mauritius, a non-governmental organization which will serve the general welfare needs of former servicemen and widows of former servicemen.
However, he said, other arrangements have been made for the payment of pensions and other benefits to which former servicemen and widows of former servicemen are entitled. He recalled that from January 2021, beneficiaries are paid by the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity. There are currently 561 veterans and 3,222 widows of former soldiers who are entered in the register of beneficiaries. He recalled that it is our duty to take care of them and ensure that they can live their remaining days in dignity, comfort and peace.
Before concluding, the Prime Minister called on the population to be vaccinated, especially those who need to receive their booster dose. He urged every citizen to strictly respect the health protocols in place, especially during the holiday season.
For his part, the president of the Mauritius Ex-Services Trust Fund underlined that the new gallery aims to pay a special tribute to the former soldiers of Mauritius and Rodrigues. He expressed confidence that the Gallery, which can also be viewed on a website and be a documentation platform, will be greatly appreciated and help remember the sacrifices made by our fellow veterans.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius.