On Friday, August 6, during St. James Municipal Corporation’s Independence Day Flag Raising and Civic Ceremony, 16 persons were recognized as contributors to the parish’s development.
Montego Bay Cultural Centre was the chosen venue for the event. It is in the parish’s capital. The theme of the event was “Jamaica 59; Come Mek We Celebrate Online.” During the ceremony, 10 people were given the “Spirit of Independence Award” for their outstanding work in various fields, which includes media, community development and education. 6 recipients received the Mayor’s Special Award. This was given to those selected by the mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams, by himself. The award was for those who contributed to the parish.
Councillor Williams, while presenting the awards to the awardees, said that it has been impossible for him to repay for the work they did for their great parish. He added that these recipients had been chosen on the basis of their hard work, dedication and contribution to the development f their great parish. So for this, they present them with this token only as it’s their duty to appreciate the citizens of the great parish.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his letter, said that the government has been constant in pursuing the path of economic independence for Jamaica through executing the right policies to guard the future of the Jamaicans. The Jamaicans have come far as a nation, but their quest for economic independence has been still far from completion. They all had a long-held dream and vision for Jamaica, which would be a land of peace, love and prosperity. As they were celebrating 59 years of independence,
While encouraging, the Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, said, “I urge every Jamaican to reflect on the true meaning of independence and to celebrate responsibly.”
James, Hon. Bishop Conrad Pitkin, while Councillor for the Mount Salem Division of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Kerry Thomas, read the message from the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Golding.