May - August, 2005
a time of heightening xenophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria in
Gideon Beharry was born in St Marks,
recognize the accomplishment of a fellow Grenadian is not to
lose sight of the time-tested maxim that "In war, there are
no unwounded soldiers."
A medal of recognition for service in British imperial
exploits, only a limited amount of VC medals are cast [1,355]
from a stash of prized bronze from captured
Russian guns during the 1854 Crimean war of conquest.
VC honoree's theatres of operation are splattered across
the globe - Africa,
humanity and selflessness should remind us that in the midst of
thousands of Iraqi deaths since the invasion and occupation,
there are hundreds of thousands of valorous, patriotic, and
gallant acts by ordinary Iraqi men, women and children that we
have yet to hear about. The
Bob Marley reminder that a “hero is (hardly) recognized in his
own land” must ring home to Beharry, if for nothing else,
because of his home country's experience with conquest and
negation of home-made valor.
There is yet to be formal recognition of
the many Grenadians who committed outstanding acts of
patriotism and bravery during the
we recognize Pte Beharry, good manners should instruct us to
likewise salute the thousands of Iraqis bearing the cross of
conquest, a history emblazoned with blood.
We know about Pte Johnson Beharry only because he was a
young man of great courage and selflessness who was born in
celebrate with Johnson Gideon Beharry because every life saved
on the battlefield is a history that can be told and a family
Johnson Beharry is married to Lynthia, his childhood sweetheart
and a fellow Grenadian. His
parents live modestly in
survives to tell… We are glad he is still with us.
"It takes a lotta stories to make a nation".
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