Happy 24th Independence Anniversary

It is once again that time of year when St. Lucians everywhere should look back with a sense of pride in the fact that we have come thus far with many positive achievements. It is definite that the story of St. Lucia, post Independence is one characterised by many gains in all areas of endeavour.

In keeping with the spirit of goodwill, I will rather dwell on the positive things and urge my readers to do likewise. This is no time for discord. Many things could have been done differently but we cannot afford to allow the negatives to interfere with our celebration of 24 years of self determination to gain a better life for all.

In putting our minds into reflection mode, we must seek to give thanks to all those who in one way or another contributed to the successes we have enjoyed over the past 24 years. In so doing, we will find that there were pre and post independent contributions made by persons who were dedicated to the cause of independence and have committed themselves to ensuring that as a nation we succeed. A personal thank you to the many contributors both past and present for the standard of living we have become accustomed. I am humbled by the fact that I am invited by the Independence Committee to share in the many functions that mark the occasion.

I am certain that we would have liked to mark this milestone in much better times. However, with every passing year it is becoming more difficult to see the end of the tunnel. Our problems are no less than last year this time. It is because of our knowledge of the impact of 9/11 that we are so concerned about the impending war with Iraq. A war which the US media is claiming has already begun. We cannot be deterred by the gloom and doom that surrounds us. Rather, we must look steadfast to the future with the hope that we will overcome.

It is for us as we celebrate Independence 2003, that we give thanks for our blessings, even in these difficult times. The threat of chemical and biological warfare is somewhat removed from us but we cannot become complacent - the terrorist’s threat is real and can be expected anywhere at anytime but we have not been afflicted in these parts at least so far. We continue to enjoy the status of living in a Zone of Peace. The time may well come when we will be asked to shelter others. A situation which is already developing.

We have every reason to celebrate our Independence. While we celebrate our Independence in grand style, we must not take this privilege for granted. Many nations can only but observe, sometimes their citizens cannot even venture out of their homes. But no, not us, we will be jumping in the streets, party till we drop. Many of us won't be going home till day break. We in St. Lucia will definitely have fun. To God be the glory, great things he has done.

Keep the faith!! God is in charge!!!


Guyanese celebrate 33rd Anniversary of Independence!!!!

The Guyana-Lucian posse will be enjoying the 24th Independence Anniversary of St. Lucia on 22 February 2003 and make a day break to celebrate the 33rd Anniversary of the Republic of Guyana on 23 February 2003. Guyanese are invited to get together at the International Food Fair in Vieux Fort on Sunday, 23 February 2003 where the Guyana Booth will be serving up cook up rice, pepperpot, ginger beer, not too late for sorrel, dhol, roti and currie, etc., etc. Not to mention, the great Guyana rums XM and Eldorado. I will be there and hope to see many of my friends - Guyanese and St. Lucians.

On Tuesday, 25 February 2003, Guyanese will get together with their St. Lucian brothers and sisters to mark the 33rd Anniversary of the Republic of Guyana with an Awards Ceremony which will be held at the Indies Conference Center on Tuesday, 25th February, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. sharp. The idea of recognizing the contribution of outstanding Guyanese in the community is a noteworthy one. As too often we take things for granted. It is expected to be a grand affair. The Honorary Counsel, Mr Lokesh Singh is doing everything possible to ensure the success of the programme which is in its second year. See you there.