Dominicans are being urged to embrace the presence of the Queen’s baton on the island, which arrived at the Melville Hall Airport today.
The Queen’s baton relay comes ahead of the 19th commonwealth games in India on 03 October 2010, and is symbolic of unity among nations of the Commonwealth.
“The Queen’s baton relay has become one of the great traditions of the commonwealth games. It symbolizes the gathering of people from across the commonwealth, at a four yearly festival of sport and culture,” said Dominica’s President Nicholas Liverpool, in a radio address, to welcome the Queen’s baton in Dominica.
A delegation traveled to bring the Queen’s baton, and a welcome ceremony was held for them at the Melville Hall Airport. Another welcome performance is set for the Carib Territory. The Queen’s baton relay is set for Tuesday from the vicinity of the Canefield Airport to the Windsor Park Stadium, where a celebration of culture will ensue.
The Queen’s baton will arrive at the opening ceremony of the 19th commonwealth games, after visiting all nations of the commonwealth.
“The Queen’s baton relay will take the baton to the home of one-third of the world’s population; thus enabling many millions of people across the globe, to join in the celebration for the games.
“By the end of this marathon journey, the baton will have travelled for 340 days and covered in excess of 190 kilometres, passing through the hands of many thousands of individuals, across land, air, sea and in different modes of transport from bicycle and boat, to hot air balloon, steam train and even on an elephant, conveying the queen’s message to its final destination in Dehli, India.” President Liverpool stated.