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Defence Force Reserves take March Past title

By COREY CONNELLY Sunday, June 1 2014

Depicting scenes of domestic violence in this country, the Defence Force Reserves yesterday walked away with the March Past title at the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force’s 52nd Annual Sports and Family Day in Chaguaramas.

Theme of the event was One Force. One Effort. One Victory.

Under brilliant sunshine, the team, dressed in yellow, black and white outfits, delivered a highly- impressive routine, which incorporated the Gloria Gaynor anthem, “I Will Survive” and “Kick Een She Back Door,” by Antiguan band Burning Flames, featuring Onyan.

Scoring a total of 623 points, the Defence Force Reserves received loud applause from the gathering in the savannah of the Defence Force Headquarters. The TT Regiment, last year’s champions, dressed in black and green, was also a crowd favourite but had to settle for second place with their re-creation of the 1990 attempted coup in which late President and Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson famously declared, “Attack with full force,” as he urged Defence Force soldiers to subdue Jamaat Al Muslimeen insurgents at the Red House in Port-of-Spain.

The playing of David Rudder’s classic, 1990, at the start of the routine set the mood for an enjoyable presentation. The Regiment received 618 points.

Coming in third with 607 points was the TT Coast Guard, who also impressed the crowd in their viking hats, white T-shirts and plaid, kilt-like outfits.

Making up the standings in the march past were the teams from the Defence Force Headquarters (605 points), TT Air Guard (603 points) and TT Civilian Conservation Corps (511 points), respectively.

The queen of the Defence Force Headquarters team, with a score of 505 points, emerged victorious in that category. Placing second and third, respectively, were the queens from the Regiment and the Defence Force Reserves.

Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Kenrick Maharaj, urged the members of the various factions of the armed forces to unite in a spirit of love and camaraderie.

“Let love ring from our hearts,” he said, urging them to also strengthen the bonds of their families in these challenging times.

This year, for the first time, a mental test of the country’s military history was added to the programme.

Neither President Anthony Carmona nor National Security Minister Gary Griffith attended yesterday’s sports and family day.

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