Grenada celebrates 42 years of independence

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell r

PM Dr. Keith Mitchell urges unity as the island celebrates milestone

Grenada is observing its 42nd anniversary of political independence from Britain with a public holiday on Monday with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell reminding citizens that the island’s “footprint in the world is larger than our 133 square miles”.

He said that Grenadians had established their marks in politics, finance, education and sports throughout the world with the “well-accomplished research consultant and entrepreneur, Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

“Only a few days ago, the Peel District School Board in Canada announced that Grenadian, the Honourable Jean Augustine, a former longstanding Parliamentarian in the Canadian Government, will have a Secondary School in Canada named after her—the Jean Augustine Secondary School,” Mitchell said.

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“To use the lingo of our times: Take a bow, Grenada,” Mitchell said, adding that the while island had over the past 42 years has succeeded in building a respected democracy, ”we must always remember the most important commodity in our continued march toward consolidating our successes and reaching for more – that is unity of purpose.

“As we move forward, that unity becomes even more apparent and necessary. It is telling that our first plea to the nation three years ago upon assuming office, was the need for us to unite as a country if we were to successfully tackle the economic and human despondency which we faced.

“That our people have answered the call for unity and to put country first is an achievement we should all appreciate and continue to consolidate. We have indeed witnessed in the last couple years, a change in our patriotic responsibility.”

The Caribbean country attained independence from Britain on February 7, 1974 and on Sunday staged its traditional military parade to mark the occasion.

 

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