P M’s Message address
Leeds Independence Day celebration 2008
Fellow Citizens and friends:
I am delighted to extend the best wishes and congratulations to the Nationals of St Kitts and Nevis in the Diaspora, as we commemorate the 25th Anniversary of our Independence. This special milestone is celebrated in the knowledge that we have been able to make significant strides in our socio-economic development in spite of the numerous challenges that we have faced.
It is a time when we must all recognise the input of those who made it possible, and we recall the sterling efforts of leaders such as the late Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, the Rt. Excellent Sir C.A. Paul Southwell, the Rt. Excellent Sir Joseph N France, all of them National Heroes, Sir Lee L. Moore, and Dr the Rt. Hon. Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds, our nation’s first Prime Minister. These men rightly placed “Country Above Self,” and supported by many others, they constructed the foundation upon which we continue to build today. It is important for all of us to understand, therefore, that our nation will grow and succeed only when we work together as a people.
Let us all take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to the Governments and people of nations that have been good friends and allies to St Kitts and Nevis. Their contributions, together with the human resources of our nation, have enabled our country to prosper, even as we face new challenges in a post-sugar era.
So we celebrate with pride our Jubilee Anniversary, remembering the pre and post colonial period and our struggles to achieve self-determination. Let us join hands and pray to the Almighty for His continued guidance and protection of our proud nation.
I wish everyone happiness and prosperity, and most of all, the best of health.
Happy Independence Day!
Denzil L Douglas (Dr.)