By Gerald V. Paul.
It was a gala night to remember as Grenadians and friends huddle from the cold celebrating 40th Anniversary of Independence of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique at the elegant Spirale Banquet Hall, last Saturday.
Among the greetings? Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, “We pray that all commemorative activities at home and in our Diaspora communities will be of much success, and the occasions will fill all our compatriots with pride and joy.
“Throughout our history we have been cognizant of the very significant role of the Grenadian Diaspora community has played in the development of our nation. Their service to country will continue to be an inspiration to all of us here at home.”
Mitchell said he was proud in spite of some turbulent years, Grenada has emerged as a stable democracy and as a society where the rights of the individual are respected.
Mitchell- like Deputy Prime Minister Elvin Nimrod- praised the Father of Independence, Sir Matthew Gairy and continued “We are determined to build on his foundation.
“I am of the view that the current generation firmly believes that for us to live true meaning of our independence, the 40th – year mark is a good time to start with the type of constitutional reforms that will reassert independence.”
Mitchell encouraged the gathering “Whether you are a Grenadian living at home, or in our diaspora communities, let us embrace our ideals, celebrate our accomplishments and join hands in development.”