27 July 2022
During the Second World War, 900 Belizean men made the perilous journey to Scotland to fell timber. Their legacy is honoured with the inauguration of the Commonwealth Foresters’ Memorial at Pollok Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Among the Belizean foresters was Sam Martinez of Punta Gorda, who became a beloved and active community member of the city of Edinburgh. We were pleased to join the daughter and grandson of Sam Martinez, Carol Martinez and Yutsil Hoyo Diaz Martinez, at the inauguration ceremony in which they helped to plant the last tree of the memorial.
Read more about the legacy of Sam Martinez and the hundreds of Belizean men who volunteered in war-time Scotland here: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/…/20518668.unsung…/