Obama lays wreath for fallen soldiers, completes day of activities
The screams of excitement from residents of the communities surrounding National Heroes Park and other onlookers who came from miles away yesterday signalled the arrival of United States President Barack Obama for the final act of his short visit to Jamaica.
Obama had come to the park to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, in tribute to the soldiers who died during World Wars I and II.
On exiting the Beast, his presidential state car, Obama flashed his ever-present smile and was greeted by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, National Security Minister Peter Bunting, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment-Brown and Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller.
The US president, accompanied by his aid, Major Steven Schreiber, laid the wreath, decorated in the colours of the US flag and emblazoned with the words 'In Memory of Those Who Fell in the Great War'.
After a few more words with Simpson Miller, Obama returned to the Beast and was whisked away to Marine One, which took him to the Norman Manley International Airport. Minutes later, Obama waved goodbye and left the island on Air Force One.