Watch video of Dominica’s Independence Day ceremony

The Commonwealth of Dominica celebrates 39 years of Independence today .

Despite the debilitating effects of Hurricane Maria on Dominica, the nation celebrated its 39th Anniversary of Independence today Friday, November 3, 2017, with a ceremony which included contingents of security forces from sister Caribbean nations in the march past and an address by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, among other activities.

Below is a video of the event which was held at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

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39 Comments

  1. Desmond
    November 5, 2017

    Once again, demonstrations of a peoples PM, this man is on the ground with his people. He cried with them and he danced with them. Not often we see this or are blessed with this brilliance of a leadership.
    May God bless him to do much more and much more he will do to see the Country and its people go forward. It must be a very difficult job but he is strengthened by the hand of God.

  2. November 5, 2017

    My people we should be proud Dominican putting our differences behind us at times like this take a lesson from Houston Texas hurricane Harvey pass dump water on us like we never seen before thousand of people
    lost their homes and cars to tell you how deep was the water some places school buses were under water
    and you could not see the top what they did strangers came out to help some people that don’t live in Houston bought boats on there way to Houston to help. but Dominica before we help we crying down our people . I think DNO should have people post their real names that will cut down on that negative posting
    my people does not know to stop how are we going to get out of this if we are so divided

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 4, 2017

    As for me it is a waste of time to even comment on the disgusting comical display I saw yesterday or whatever day it was. All the stands were practically empty, and that was due to the aftermath of Maria.

    I lost my taste for viewing when I saw Roosevelt Skerrit arrived in a cheap Japaneses SUV followed by another with red and blue strobe lights flashing as they drove, and an idiot riding in the SUV which followed Roosevelt standing riding outside standing.

    The greatest clown show I suspect of the day was when I saw Charles Savarin arrived with the same garbage show, and began walking among Dominica Army, Air Force, and Marine with his arms curved as if he is in a straight jacket; his overcoat looked to small for him, and that is because that frog looking man had on a bullet-proof vest.

    If a so called president, and prime minister walks around in Dominica with bullet proof vest; something is wrong, they the government is not as loved as they pretend to be! Not even in America…

  4. stacy
    November 4, 2017

    @daily lies: shut up…everything cant be about negativity

  5. Dominican
    November 4, 2017

    And whilst we are celebrating this is the reality on the ground as reported by Janice Ellie for the UK’s Guardian newspaper on 1Nov. http://www.theguardian.com>World>Development>Dominica under the heading: “I think feels like Dominica is finished’:life amid the ruins left by hurricane Maria”.
    The accompanying pictures tell their own story. I’m sure the people of Scott’s Head have little reason to celebrate. If we do not face reality we have little hope of even beginning to fix things. It appears our emperor hath no clothes for sure.

  6. mine
    November 3, 2017

    I was very impressed to the crowd I saw. Dominicans you all are very strong and Maria did not take your strength away. The good lord will see you through.

  7. Marie Claire R Skeritt
    November 3, 2017

    Whoop so Merlisa made a guess appearance today. I wonder how long she on island for??anyone know

    • Kermit
      November 3, 2017

      So what you using their surname in your rubbish for?

    • Me
      November 4, 2017

      A token appearance, as reommended by his PR people.

    • Emile Dominique
      November 4, 2017

      Whoops. What envy. Cain killed Abel with that kind of envy.

    • Me
      November 4, 2017

      Ask her….Aren’t you a Skerritt? Or you just want to instigate? Stop being too damn jealous. Go get your husband and make sure he has enough money to pay your airfare to fly in and out of the country whenever you choose to.

    • zicack
      November 4, 2017

      Did you check on your neighbor or members of your community to ensure that they were OK? stop getting into other people business if you could leave the country you probably would.
      Linton was in New York, he talked about Algeria, and Sub Sahara Africa why he doh stay home and clean de place? Politics cannot help us now, let us work to put the pieces together.

    • Elsa Royer
      November 4, 2017

      Jealousy kills.

  8. Dominican
    November 3, 2017

    This Dominican says that if you don’t know where you came from you don’t know where you are going.We can not forget our past, so that we can learn from it and avoid the same mistakes in future.

  9. Daily Lies
    November 3, 2017

    @ Dominican I am sure I am 100% Dominican for sure. I do agree we need to pick ourselves up and really I do respect your right to celebrate if you wish to. As a proud Dominican that saw first hand what Maria did to us, the many lives she took, the many that got affected in one way or the other I don’t believe anyone is celebrating independence. In fact today is our 35th wedding anniversary and prior to Maria we had big plans for today. However, as we thought of the many Dominicans that are mourning and left in despair we had to cancel the celebration aspect of it and instead, we will use it as a memorial to our country. I sure will not allow Skerrit to fool me with his big party latter today so we could believe life is back to normal back home because it IS NOT and will not be the same for many more years

    • Emile Dominique
      November 4, 2017

      Life is never the same every day. We know that life is not normal yet in Dominica and there is a lot of work to be done, but If Skerrit plans are for fooling me I will take it every day instead of the hatred that is coming from your hard heart.

    • Me
      November 4, 2017

      @Daily Lies……Live life and celebrate….neither you nor I know when our last day on earth will be. What has happened , already happened,,,there is nothing we can do that’s going to change it.

    • mine
      November 4, 2017

      who cares of your 35th weeding anniversary, thanks god for the 35 years.

  10. Clifford Cuffy
    November 3, 2017

    As a former Cadet, student of St. Mary’s Academy I felt proud to see the support given to our military units by the community. I love Dominica my native Land. I’m proud to be a Dominican

    • History is the guide-Please read
      November 3, 2017

      Hi Clifford , where are my friend? It’s been many ,many yrs my friend.

  11. Looking
    November 3, 2017

    Today should have been declared a day to visit the care and needy. But instead its more important independence celebrations than church and worship of the creator.

    • Emile Dominique
      November 4, 2017

      So how many care and needy did you visit. did you go to church and warship the creator. Let it begin with you.

  12. Yo Yo
    November 3, 2017

    Didn’t t this pm say that today he was going to tell the nation about the billions of dollars that the international community had pledged to Dominica, now he saying later in the month he will forward this vital information, boy this man have stories. Seems hard cash hard to come by I wonder why

    • History is the guide-Please read
      November 3, 2017

      He has been described as slippery as an eel. You know some 20% goes to him et Al. He is like Buhuto of Pakistan’s husband who they call Mr. 20%. The # of 20%s from each donation does add up.

  13. Daily Lies
    November 3, 2017

    The Commonwealth of Dominica celebrates 39 years of Independence today Friday, November 3, 2017.

    DNO you sure have this one wrong because the truth is, sadly Dominica is not celebrating 39 years of independence but rather, Dominica MOURNS or observes, or commemorates our 39 years of independence. Skerrit and gang try to give people the impression that we celebrating but as usual we know the man is an impressionist and always looks for ways to twist the truth.

    • Dominican
      November 3, 2017

      Are you sure we are a Dominican? Even during these hard times, we still have to pick ourselves up and celebrate… Celebrate life, celebrate that we still have our health, we still have loved ones and yes, we still have our independence.. Stop focusing on the past and look to the future.

      • rita
        November 3, 2017

        why did your comment get thumbs down?

      • Me
        November 4, 2017

        Tell it to them again….some folks are just as miserable as can be and want others to follow them. Just leave people alone. Dominica is a free country…..the stadium is open for whomever wants to come and enjoy the celebration, take the stress away in a positive way. A lot of Dominicans are God fearing people which is why before, during and after a disaster they find the strength to celebrate . WE ARE CELEBRATING LIFE AND INDEPENDENCE.

      • zicack
        November 4, 2017

        Thank you for the beautiful comment. Maria was a traumatizing time we do need some form of outlet. My mother was affected, at 80 with no roof was happy for the moment of distraction.
        Thank you.

      • June
        November 4, 2017

        Ya man lets celebrate. Why should we not its a yearly thing duh. After funerals people look forward for what is called happy hour. Cursing the people if they dont get food and drink or not enough. No respect for the grieving folks.this is what that need to be stopped. My roof fly away so does that mean i shouldn’t take part i lost my loved one too. Lets celebrate eh I die nuh. It could be worse

    • Addie
      November 3, 2017

      It is perfectly fine to use the term celebrate. We have to be grateful.

      • Man bites Dogs
        November 3, 2017

        @ Dally lies ,please get in touch with a head shrinker quickly you need real help and get off the cocaine.

      • Me
        November 4, 2017

        Grateful to whom? Roosevelt Skerrit?

    • rita
      November 3, 2017

      daily lies……………..we’re celebrating our independence ………..just be positive for once..omg ….can u guys just stop???????????? s

      • Emile Dominique
        November 4, 2017

        Rita…do not worry about those negative people they will be left behind. Negative minds will not produce positive results. Will not move them forward. They are being led to their destruction by the pipe pipers of the opposition. Did you notice the positive vibes at the stadium? Did you feel it? These vibes eclipse the few thumbs down on DNO. We are not going to walk about with our heads between our knees in despair. We are going to tie our waist and step out with pride and determination and work for a better tomorrow. Those who do not join us will be left behind.

    • History is the guide-Please read
      November 3, 2017

      DA died in 1995 and buried in 2004 after Pierro passed. Thanks to the Ahfouahwee tribe then came Medard the killer who buried her. Do guys realize 39×2 =78 ? 1978 was our so called independence 39 yrs later we are dependent anew. No fault of ours.
      What can history teach us about climate change combined with crookedleaders and other opportunists with human faces?

    • stacy
      November 4, 2017

      shut up…everything cant be about negativity

    • Me
      November 4, 2017

      @Daily Lies…..Go pray….It looks like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Don’t take your frustration off on folks who don’t even know you. Maybe your should celebrate your 35th wedding anniversary? and let things be. Something is taking a toll on your life and your want to blame it on Independence celebrations and Skerritt. Buy 35 candles, sit at your dinner table with your wife/husband and pray. Be happy God gave you 35 yrs of marriage. Some folks marriages don’t even last 1 yr. Stop being miserable for goodness sake. Life is too short. Be happy you still have life after that hurricane. God gave us a second chance….lets enjoy it and do the best we can instead of living in the past.

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