|OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE ADDRESS BY PRIME MINISTER HON.
Fellow Grenadians, it is with a sense of pride and
patriotism that I address you on the occasion of the
35th anniversary of our Independence as a nation. As I
reflect, the period has indeed been an eventful,
challenging and in many respects a rewarding one.
Inaugurated in political turmoil, punctuated by
revolutionary experiment and national catastrophe,
redeemed by constitutional democracy, rejuvenated by the
promise of the restoration of integrity, renewing hope
and building together, the nation state of Grenada is
now emerging stronger than before.
This strength is buttressed by the perceptiveness, the
perseverance, the resilience and fortitude of our
people: Qualities that have been bequeathed by our
ancestors, and have endured the passage of time.
As we celebrate thirty five years as a nation, I first
take this opportunity to remember and recognize our
Grenadian forefathers who have played a significant role
in the early growth and development of our nation. Their
vision, their dreams, their sacrifices and their actions
have laid the foundation for our progress to date.
As Think about the many challenges, the many hurdles and
the diverse adversities that we as a people have
surmounted, I cannot help but admire our collective
courage, and our commitment and dedication to nation
building. This must be recognized and built upon.
Thirty five years as an independent nation means that we
are still relatively young as a nation. Implicit in this
reality is that we need to continue to focus on building
the foundation for a just, solid and resilient country,
capable of meeting the needs of our current and future
citizens. We need to consolidate our modest gains and to
build a robust, diversified, sustainable and strong
As we look forward to the next thirty five years, there
will be many more challenges. The challenges of
rebuilding our institutions, of renewing hope in our
abilities and capabilities, of inculcating our tried and
tested values, of addressing our social and economic
issues, of creating a competitive country and delivering
benefits to all Grenadian are all pertinent. Therefore
we must resolve to work assiduously to address these
issues in a timely manner.
As our National anthem states,“ Together we aspire
Together we achieve”.
As we celebrate, I urge all to remain steadfast in the
pursuance of our dreams and aspirations to make Grenada
a better place.
May god bless our Nation.