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Sep 5, 2007

Military Tattoo will take place on Friday

Story PictureThe resources of the Belize Defence Force may be stretched thin following the damage caused by Hurricane Dean and the scare of Felix, but the soldiers are determined to present the annual National Military Tattoo on Friday evening. This year’s event will open with a skydiving demonstration and the fiercely competitive football game between the B.D.F. and Police. In addition to the military drills, the National Fire Service, Police Department and Royal Military Police will also display various scenarios for armed and unarmed combat. According to coordinator Major Steven Ortega, the show should provide some much deserved entertainment for Belizeans.

Major Steven Ortega, Coordinator, Military Tattoo 2007
“As you can see the recent stress, I mean on the whole entire country itself, and this should help relieve some of the stress, get them out here, get them relaxed to improve the mentality you know, get all the stress relieved.”

Janelle Chanona
“What does it do for you all?”

Major Steven Ortega
“For us it’s just so that we can show the public that yes the military, the police, the Fire Service, the British Army are here to help the population in whatever ways we can and this is one of our ways which we can do that.”

Janelle Chanona
“Anything else you’d like to highlight?”

Major Steven Ortega
“We would like everyone to come out, come and enjoy themselves, you know, nice clean cool fun.”

The football game is set to start at three thirty at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex prior to the official opening with the skydivers at six. Entrance is four dollars adults and a dollar for children. However, as part of its hurricane relief program the B.D.F. says any adult that brings in two cans of food and any child that brings in a single can of food as a donation will not be charged to enter the grounds.

The Belize Carnival Association has released a new date for several events cancelled by Hurricane Felix. Mas Camps will now be held during the 24th through 27th of September, with the Carnival Road March taking place on Saturday, September 29th.

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