A call has been made for patriotism as the Layou community came alive last weekend when Dominicans turned out in large numbers to witness the official opening of this year’s Independence Celebrations.
The call was made by National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore who also said that no one party can build Dominica after the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika last year.
This year’s Independence opening occurred in collaboration with the Titiwi Festival which was also hosted in Layou.
“The celebration of our Independence Celebrations is also about all of us notwithstanding our party colours, our difference in religious belief, it is about all of us demonstrating a sense of patriotic attachment to our national flag,” Blackmoore, who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said. “Let me remind you that, that demonstration of patriotic attachment to our national flag is not limited to flying our national flag at our homes, on our vehicles, in our business places, it is indeed much more profound than that.”
Blackmoore said patriotism also entails Dominicans joining hands and committing themselves to pursuing a singular national goal.
He described this year’s Independence theme, “Strengthening our Commitment to Nation Building” as ‘appropriate.’
“Our theme for this year’s celebrations could not have been more appropriate, strengthening our Commitment to Nation Building…none of us will forget August 27th 2015 when many lives were lost and more than 90 percent of our country’s Gross Domestic Product was washed away in a few hours by the monster storm Erika,” he stated.
Blackmoore went to say that government has given the commitment to build back better, “but no one party can build back a better country…”
“It will require a change in our collective consciousness as a people to build back a better Dominica. We can only build back a better Dominica if we see it as a national project,” he said.