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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Friday, February 24, 2012 – In an address advocating courage and determination to face the future in spite of Saint Lucia's economic and social challenges, Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony has admonished citizens not to be daunted by their fears.  



The Prime Minister in his Independence speech delivered on Tuesday February 21st during the   Independence Eve Celebration and Flag Raising festivities noted that even the great United States of America has not gone unscathed by the challenges of our times.     “As we raise our flag tonight, let it be a symbol of hope. Let us be overcome with pride and joy as a people to celebrate not only who we are, butalso, the opportunities that await us. Each and every one of us can, if we want, unlock the potential waiting to be explored within us, as we work towards a better people and a better nation.”



Prime Minister Anthony also paid tribute to the country's past leaders whose stewardship has enriched and shaped the country's destiny.    “I therefore give thanks and praise to all of those who have made and shaped this island of ours. In particular, I give thanks and praise to Sir George Charles, our first Chief Minister; Sir John Compton, the father of Independence; Sir Allan Louisy, the first elected Prime Minister after independence on February 22nd, 1979; and also, George Odlum who sharpened our intellect and consciousness. I give thanks as well to all our former parliamentarians, whether deceased or alive, for nursing, protecting and enhancing our democracy.”



The island's leader noted that Saint Lucia has been blessed with a pantheon of outstanding leaders all of whom, in their own way, have helped to strengthen the nation.  This year’s Independence celebrations guided by the theme – “One People, One Nation, Limitless Opportunities.”

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