State Mourning for Edward Seaga; Guidance for the Country

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The State Funeral for the erstwhile Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Edward Seaga, ON, PC, will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 12:00 Noon. The procession will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, 1 George Headley Drive, Kingston. The interment will be observed at the National Heroes Park. The Government, among the activities to honour the life and service of the former Prime Minister, has announced a period of mourning. Guidelines have been prepared to keep up with the customary norms for the public with respect to the period of official mourning.

Flag Etiquette

The stipulated duration of mourning confirmed by the Government of Jamaica will be from Wednesday morning, June 19, to Saturday evening, June 22, 2019. The national flag is to be flown at half-mast all through the period on all public buildings.

Sanctioned Prohibitions on Activities

All the public social functions and official events must curtail during the mourning period. It is customary to hold back extravagant activities and celebrations, especially noisy activities until the national mourning is complete along with the burial ceremony.

Condolence Books

Official Condolence Books may be assembled by the proclamation of the Government for signing by the public.  The duration of signing must commence before, or to correspond with the Period of Mourning. They may remain accessible between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. throughout the complete duration leading up to the funeral, or on a fixed timetable as declared.

State Funeral – Military Rites

As the casket leaves the Cathedral, the Guard of Honour mounted by one of the battalions of the Jamaica Regiment will give a customary salute, during which people present should stand silently to attention.

Dress

For circumstances officially designated as a State event, the relevant recipients should always wear national honours, service decorations, or medals. For a daytime event like the Most Hon. Edward Seaga’s State Funeral, the full-size badge should be worn, and not the miniature replica.

Somber colours and humble attire are recommended during a period of State mourning. It is customary that men wear neckties of black, dark blue or other dark traditional ties with muted patterns. Females must dress relevantly with reciprocating conservative colours.

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