Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has expressed his thanks and congratulations to Saint Lucians home and abroad, as well as civil society, for the manner in which they have commemorated the island’s 37th anniversary of political Independence.
This year, the anniversary was marked with a military parade, school rally, and performances from musicians, poets, and dancers, all held at the historic Mindoo Phillip Park.
The day was preceded in recent weeks by a host of activities in Saint Lucia, and in major metropolitan areas, such as New York, USA, Toronto, Canada; and London, England. Tens of thousands of nationals took in the celebrations, and this outpouring of national pride was remarked upon by the Prime Minister, who articulated his gratitude on Tuesday.
Said Dr. Anthony,
“Our celebrations this year have been embraced with a fervour that is indeed tremendously heartening. To see Saint Lucians, young and old, clad in the colours of our beautiful flag, to witness the expressions of our native creativity, and to observe so very many people demonstrating what it means to them to be truly Saint Lucian, it has been a fabulous remembrance, another wonderful stage in our journey.
“The masterful precision of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force during our annual parade deserves special commendation. And our Royal Saint Lucia Police Band was, as always, superb, and unmatched.
“Even beyond the official ceremonies, I must also thank our citizenry and the private sector for the manner in which they have gone about paying tribute to Saint Lucia, for the respect and dignity they have exhibited.
“There are, of course, several events still to come on the calendar. I urge my fellow Saint Lucians to ensure that they continue to make this year’s anniversary a real reflection of our unbridled delight in our sense of self.”
The parade, rally, and other functions organised under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister were attended by Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Cabinet colleagues,
Members of Parliament, foreign dignitaries, leaders of the local corporate community, representatives of youth organisations, and the general public.