Castries, Saint Lucia: Saint Luca celebrated Independence Day on February 22, 2023, with different and unique events such as Military Parade, Independence Baton and many more.
On February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia finally achieved complete independence from colonial rule.
A little history lesson: The French were the first Europeans to colonize Saint Lucia in 1660. In 1663, the British took control of the island and were then at war with the French 14 times, resulting in frequent changes in the rule on the island.
In 1814 Saint Lucia was officially ceded to the British by the French, & became a self-governing island in 1958 before achieving full independence in 1979.
Saint Lucia is an amazing island known for its majestic Piton mountains, refreshing waterfalls, spectacular hiking trails, beautiful beaches, drive-in volcanoes, street parties, and exclusive restaurants and resorts.
The island’s breathtaking beauty is quite a contrast to the desperate situation animals find themselves in, and this is something we regularly hear from travelers who are visiting Saint Lucia.
Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia- Ernest Hilaire, took to social media and extended greetings on independence day. The celebration of the independence was held this year under the theme- Douvan Ansanm: One People, Shaping Our Destiny.
Ernest Hilaire stated, “Happy 44th Independence Anniversary to our beloved island that we call home, Saint Lucia. Today is not only a day for celebration but also reflection on where we have come from as nation. It is also a time for us to envision Saint Lucia, which we want to build for the future. We are a resilient nation, one nation moving forward as one.”
Prime Minister Philip J Pierre added, “Happy Independence Day Saint Lucia. What a spectacular display at the Military Parade by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the Uniformed Groups.”
HelpAWS also extended wishes on Independence Day and shared the statement which is as follows:
No matter where you go on the island, you are sure to see dogs and cats aimlessly roaming, scared, starving, injured or sick, and in desperate need of help. Dogs that are owned are often found tied on a short rope, covered in fleas and ticks, often hungry, and destined to be treated as property rather than a valued, loved member of the family.
While we celebrate Saint Lucia’s Independence Day today, we stand committed to our vital work to build a better future for its companion animals, as well. We work toward the goal of establishing understanding amongst the locals as to the proper care and treatment of companion animals, including responsible spay and neuter to reduce the ever growing population of abandoned, uncared for, and neglected animals island wide.
We are in the process of rewriting history in Saint Lucia with regard to the animals we serve like Sir, Kashmir Cheesepuff and Gracie all animals who have sustained injuries during their time on the island.