The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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 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 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.

Cel­e­bra­tion time at the Min­doo Phillip Park where the

In­de­pen­dence Youth Rally was held.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny An­thony speak­ing at the In­de­pen­dence Youth


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