NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

 
LYING-IN-STATE, SQUARE OF THE REVOLUTION
The Coffin will be taken in Procession from Merriman's Funeral Home to the Square of the Revolution 
on the morning of Monday 30 December 2002.
 
PROCESSION
T
he order of the Procession was as follows:
 
Merriman's Funeral Home
7.00 a.m. Pall Bearers,  Roger Hoyte, Dr Dalgleish Joseph, James Patterson, Deborah Backer, 
Haslyn Parris and Artie Ricknauth will bear the Coffin to the hearse.
 
Processional Route:
North along Lime street to Brickdam
East along Brickdam to the Square of the Revolution.
 
Square of the Revolution
At the Square of the Revolution, Pall Bearers, George Hoyte, Linda Haley, Cammie Ramsaroop, Lennox McKenzie, Naipaul Ramadar and Lachman Sammy will bear the Coffin to the funeral 
pavilion. The Public will able to pay their respects at the Square of the Revolution from 9.00 a.m. 
to 12.00 p.m. Monday 30 December 2002.

12:30 p.m. Pall Bearers, Dennis Jaikaran, Faith Harding, Supriya Singh, Michael Harris, Noel Blackman and Tony Vieira will bear the body to the hearse.

Processional Route:
West along Brickdam to the Public Buildings.
 
STATE FUNERAL, PUBLIC BUILDINGS
12:30 p.m. At the Public Buildings, Pall Bearers, Sase Naraine, Deryck Bernard, Oscar Clarke, Vincent Alexander, Amna Ally and Khemraj Ramjattan will bear the Coffin from the hearse to lie in state in the forecourt.

The Joint Services Detachment Forecourt gives a
General Salute as the Coffin enters the Public Buildings.
Members of the Cabinet, Parliament, VIPs, the Diplomatic Corps and Heads of the Joint Services will 
fill pass the Coffin.

Public Buildings - Parliament 
       
FUNERAL OF HIS EXCELLENCY
THE HONOURABLE MR. HUGH DESMOND HOYTE, SC., M.P.
Leader of the People's National Congress Reform
Former Executive President of the Republic of Guyana
Leader of the Opposition

Monday 30 December 2002 at 1.30 p.m.

 
ORDER OF SERVICE
 
WELCOME
 Clarissa Riehl MP
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly 
 
THE BLESSING
Reverend Barrington Litchmore
Pandit Thakechandra Ramnauth
Brother Yusuf Rahman
 
Song of the Republic (Daniels) - The Woodside Choir International
From Pakaraima’s peaks of pow’r
To Courentyne’s lush sands, 
Her children pledge each faithful hour
To guard Guyana’s lands.
To foil the shock of rude invader
Who’d violate her earth,
To cherish and defend forever
The State that gave them birth.
We’ll forge a nation’s might soul
Construct a nation’s frame;
Freedom our everlasting goal,
Courage and truth our aim,
Unyielding in our quest for peace
Like ancient heroes brave,
To strive and strive and never cease
With Strength beyond the slave. 
 
Guyana, climb the glorious perch
To fame, prosperity;
Join in the universal search
For world-wide comity.
Your people whatsoe’er their breed
Their hue or quality,
With one firm never changing creed
The nation’s unity
 
THE FIRST READING
Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Verses 1-8.
Read by Jenelle Dyer and Yonette Walton
  
TRIBUTES
Representatives of Trades Union Movement 
The Private Sector Commission 
 
Combined Band of the Joint Services

PARLIAMENTARY TRIBUTES
Robert Corbin, MP - Chairman of the People's National Congress Reform
The United Force, GAP/WPA, ROAR, and the PPP/Civic
 
How Lovely are Thy Dwellings - Sang by Paul Cort
 
DIPLOMATIC TRIBUTES
Judge Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen
Former Attorney General and now World Court Tribunal 
 
Edwin Carrington 
CARICOM Secretary General 
 
 Jose Manuel Inclan Embade
Ambassador of Cuba to Guyana
Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
 
My Hero - Sang by Amanda Vieira 
 
NATIONAL TRIBUTES
Ralph Ramkarran
 Speaker of the National Assembly 
 
Hymn of Guyana's Children - The Woodside Choirs International 
With humble hearts and heads bowed down
In thanks for each new day of toil
we kneel before Thine altar, Lord
The children of Guyana' s soil.

Great is the task that Thou hast given:
thy will show, Thy truth to find:
To teach ourselves that we are one
In thy great Universal mind.

But not in vain we'll strive to build
A new Guyana great and free;
A land of glory and of hope,
A land of love and unity.

O children of Guyana, rise,
Rise up and sing with happy tears:
And bless the land that give you birth,
And vow to serve her though the years

Remarks by
Bharrat Jagdeo 
President
 
THE SECOND READING
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 44 Verses 1-15
Read by Norwell Hinds and Eusi Anderson
 
EULOGY 
Keith Massiah 
 
 MILITARY HONOURS

NATIONAL ANTHEM
Dear land of Guyana, of rivers and plains
Made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains,
Set gem-like and fair between mountains and sea
Your children salute you, dear land of the free.

Green Land of Guyana, our heroes of yore
Both bondsmen and free, laid their bones on your shore;
This soil so hallowed, and from them are we,
All sons of one mother, Guyana the free.

Great Land of Guyana, diverse through our strains,
We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,
And ours is the glory their eyes did not see
One land of six peoples, united and free.

Dear Land of Guyana, to you will we give
Our Homage, our service, each day that we live;
God guard you, great Mother, and makes us to be
More Worthy our heritage- land of the free.


3:30 p. m. At the completion of the service, Pall Bearers, Clarence Hughes, Rex McKay, Robert Corbin, together with Honorary Pall Bearers,  Muntaz Alli, Andy Goveia, Chandra N Sharma, Mortimer Mingo, Volda Lawrence, Ernest Elliott and Winston Augustin will bear the Coffin to the hearse.
 
The Coffin leaves Parliament Buildings for the Seven Ponds, Place of Heroes, in the Botanical Gardens
 
Processional Route:
North along Avenue of the Republic
East along Regent Street
North onto Cummings Street
East along Church Road
South along Albert Street
West along North Road
South on Light street,
East along Regent Street to the Botanical Gardens

FINAL RESTING PLACE
 THE SEVEN PONDS - PLACE OF HEROES
 BOTANICAL GARDENS 
 
REMARKS
Stanley Ming MP

Combined Band of the Joint Services

FAREWELL MESSAGES
Donald Robinson
Winston Murray
Joan Mabel Baveghems 
 
Lord, For Thy Tender Mercies - The Woodside Choirs International
 
FINAL VIEWING
Family and Friends
 
POEM TO A FALLEN HERO
Death of a Comrade by Martin Carter
Recited by Lisa Mae James 
 
Death must not find us thinking that we die
too soon, too soon
our banner draped for you
I would prefer
the banner in the wind
Not bound so tightly
in a scarlet fold
not sodden, sodden
with your people's tears
but flashing on the pole
we bear aloft
down and beyond this dark, dark lane of rags.
Now, from the mourning vanguard moving on
dear Comrade, I salute you and I say
Death will not find us thinking that we die.
 
LAST RITES
Reverend Eustace Semple
 
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HUGH DESMOND HOYTE 1929-2002