|INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE BY DR THE RT HON.
KEITH MITCHELL MP, PC, PhD
With a great sense of pride in being a citizen of
Grenada, and tremendous love for this beautiful land of
ours, I extend congratulation to every Grenadian on the
observance of our 35th year as an independent nation.
Today we have an excellent opportunity to reflect on our
challenges, our struggles and our achievements as a
people. As a nation we have had a very colorful and
sometime very painful past, but fortunately for us we
have been able to unite our efforts and to overcome many
of our adversities.
While we still have a long way to go as a nation, we are
able to look back and smile at our many achievements
over the years. These achievements signify our hard
work, our resilience and the tremendous sacrifices which
we have all made.
We must therefore be extremely grateful to God for his
blessings and his mercies towards us. We must be ever
thankful to our fore fathers for the significant role
they played in the early years. We must recognize the
father of our independence Sir Eric Matthew Gairy for
the role he played. Indeed, we must recognize every
Grenadian who has contributed their time, effort and
talents over the past 35 years.
Independence is never granted but it is achieved by a
people whose hopes and aspiration are tempered with a
willingness to succeed. This process continues with
every generation aiming to surpass the achievements of
the former. That is why we can be confident that the
contributions we make today will be used as a
springboard and will be built upon by generations to
As we face very challenging times, it is important that
we remain united as a people. It is important that we
are comforted by the words of scripture which says that
weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the
Despite the problems that confront us at this time we
will overcome them and will stand tall. I therefore call
on all Grenadians at home and abroad to recommit
yourself to national unity.
It is very evident that in recent times partisan
politics has divided many of our people in many ways.
Let us recognize and appreciate our citizens not for the
political organisation that they support but for the
contribution that they can make to the building of an
educated, productive, healthy and prosperous nation. We
must all commit to putting our country before party at
We must live in love, with respect for each other and
respect for our institutions regardless of who holds an
office. As we observe this important day, I again extend
best wishes to every citizen of Grenada, Carriacou and
Petite Martinique. Ever conscious of God, we aspire,
build and advance as one people.
May God bless us all!