St Lucia has celebrated its 43rd Independence Day on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, and various Caribbean leaders have wished the country and its citizens.
Firstly, Prime Minister of St Lucia Philip J Pierre addressed the nation and urged the St Lucians to be the best citizens and understand the responsibility towards the country.
“Our many achievements serve as a testament to our resilience as a nation, but today, we recognise those who have brought us here, you the people. Thank You for your service to our great country. Thank You for being you. Happy Independence 43,” while hailing nationalist of St Lucia, the statement of PM Pierre reads.
Afterwards, various dignitaries of St Lucia have poured their wishes to the country and its citizens.
President of the Senate of St Lucia named Stanley Felix expressed his pleasure on the Independence Day of the country and cited,” We produces two Nobel laureates, and we continue to produce leaders every day. This is something we must be proud of. We are St Lucian. Happy Independence 43″.
While encouraging citizens of the island, Charley Senator Kaygianna Toussaint noted that we could accomplish whatever we put our minds to. She further asserted that this is the time to move on from the past and focus on our future.
Another senator of St Lucia, Lisa C Jawahir, underscored,” From Gros Islet to Vieux Fort and even in the diaspora, our people continue to make us proud. Let us celebrate who we are. One Flag. One love. One People. Happy Independence 43″.
Outlining the significance of the power of the ordinary people, Senator Guibion Ferdinand exclaimed that the crucial element for change is the power in the hand of the people and noted,” You have the power; use it to develop our country”.
Alvina Reynolds also extended her greetings and expressed that the lord has taken everyone through the battles, and today, the country can give thanks as the nation continues to celebrate who we are. She further encouraged people that this is the time to move further, don’t give up and stay the course.
Signifying the rich culture of St Lucia, Dr Pauline Antonie Prosper, a senator, described that the country has a tremendously rich culture that defines the beauty of St Lucia. She further crowned St Lucia as a Helen of the West Indies and encouraged people to feel proud.
MP for Castries South Dr Ernest Hilaire reiterated the impact of the pandemic and explained that the pandemic had shaken St Lucia, but the country has proven to be resilient. Together, the nation could shape the future and build back fair Helen.
“Our greatness will be measured by the compassion we share for members of our community. Remember, a strong community builds strong nations. Happy Independence St Lucia”, the statement of Shawan Edward, MP for Dennery North, reads.
Moses Jn Baptiste, MP for Vieux Frot North, expressed his pleasure while asserting that he knows the people would like to do more, but we should remain hopeful that this pandemic is just for a time the nation will rise and shine like the bright stars.
Dr Virginia, Albert-Poynette, MP for Babonneau, expressed her happiness on the day and cited, “There’s so much more we can do as a people, but today, my hope is that we have grown to love each other and stop the violence now”.
While reflecting the significance of the unity, Kenson Casimir, MP for Gros Islet, noted that another year is here for St Lucia to reflect on how far the country has come and where the action wishes to go. “Today, I wish that we unite to set the example for our young people”, underscored Casimir.
Joachim Henry, MP for Castries South Esat, asserted that on this day, let’s remember that the country fought hard to get where it is. So, the nationals should feel proud to be St Lucians, and there is none like them.
We don’t need to worry about the past. Let’s unite to build a strong future for ourselves and our children, underlined Richjrad Frederick, MP for Castries Central.
While asserting the impact of a pandemic, Alfred Prospere, MP for Dennery South, expressed that this pandemic has tough to dig deeper and explore opportunities for Helen to thrive. So, this is the time to make the decision to develop our ideas that will make the nation and the citizens successful, Happy Independence St Lucians, underscored Prospere.