Dominica is said to have progressed tremendously over the years since it gained independence.
The island became independent on November 3, 1978 and according to Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George, since then, it has developed tremendously.
He was speaking at the official opening ceremony of the country’s 36th anniversary of Independence held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Friday.
“When one looks back on the birth of our country, one can conclude that we as a people and a country have progressed tremendously,” he said.
However, the Minister said that progress did not come without challenges.
“Challenges in many forms…whether it was political, whether (it was) conditions which made life difficult,” he explained.
George called on citizens to participate fully in all Independence activities and to showcase the many attributes of Dominica’s heritage noting that in recent years, there has been greater involvement of youth during the Independence Celebrations.
“I would like to see this year that continued aspect in terms of the involvement of our youth, whether it is in the national dress, traditional dances…playing the role in the celebrations this year,” he said.
He stressed the need to continue to show respect and love for one another and to find “innovate and creative” ways to ensure that the less fortunate are part of the celebrations.
Business owners, Acting PM pointed out, can also “do something different this year, some extra lighting at the business places, showcasing the colours of our flag, decorating the business houses…in particular within the city.”
And talking about showcasing, a cultural ensemble led by an attractively clad and dynamic Ophelia, Dominica’s Lady of Song, and including Tradibelle, Paix Bouche Drummers and Pte. Savanne and Karina cultural groups wowed an appreciative audience with impressive performances to a close, the opening of Independence celebrations 2014.
A surprise performance by Michele Henderson performing her winning Caricom song had the receptive audience at the forecourt of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium wanting more despite the inclement weather.
They had set an impressive impression for the upcoming activities.
This year’s Independence is being celebrated under the theme:”Our Nation, Our Responsibility”.