GG urges Ja­maicans to em­brace rich her­itage

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

KINGSTON (JIS): OVERNOR GEN­ERAL Sir Pa­trick Allen has urged cit­i­zens to em­brace and pass on Ja­maica’s rich her­itage to the next gen­er­a­tion.

He was speak­ing at the an­nual Na­tional Her­itage Week thanks­giv­ing ser­vice at the An­drew’s Me­mo­rial Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church in St An­drew on Satur­day.

The ser­vice was the first in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties to ob­serve this year’s Na­tional Her­itage Week cel­e­bra­tions.

Sir Pa­trick said Ja­maica’s her­itage was cre­ated out of op­pres­sion, strug­gle, re­silience, tri­umph and over­whelm­ing odds.

“The Ma­roon wars, with Nanny emerg­ing as one of the fear­less lead­ers, the sac­ri­fi­cial

Glead­er­ship of Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle and Ge­orge Wil­liam Gordon cleared a path of hope for Ja­maica,” he said.


“That path led Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Alexan­der Bus­ta­mante and Nor­man Wash­ing­ton Man­ley to in­spire and de­velop the foun­da­tional struc­tures of govern­ment with poli­cies which have brought us into a con­fi­dent 54-year-old in­de­pen­dent na­tion,” the gov­er­nor gen­eral added.

Sir Pa­trick said the op­por­tu­nity cre­ated by Ja­maica’s he­roes and the tra­di­tions of “our par­ents should con­tinue to serve as the tem­plate to open new hori­zons of so­cial progress, eco­nomic growth and in­di­vid­ual ex­cel­lence”.

He added that “the fu­ture is a can­vas await­ing the pic­ture that this gen­er­a­tion of Ja­maicans and Ja­maicans yet born are avail­able and will­ing and ready to paint”.

The gov­er­nor gen­eral said it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery Ja­maican to seize the mo­ment and use “our gains in ways which will make our ac­tions count”.

He said: “We must use ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to build our lives, to build the life of our na­tion on foun­da­tions which are se­cure, val­ues which are sound and sus­tain­able, re­la­tion­ships which demon­strate sen­si­tiv­ity and re­spect, and ac­tions which re­flect our in­escapable duty of care.”

Sir Pa­trick Allen

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