St. Vincent and the Grenadines 30th independance anniversary celebration to be observed on Saba

Members of the Vincy Cultural Association on Saba will be celebrating their country 30th Independence anniversary on Saba on Saturday, October 24th 2009.


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On October 27th 1979 the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines became an independent country and Vincentains on Saba decided much earlier this year to establish an association on the island.

The Vincy Cultural Association has put together a program of activities which starts of at 1.00 p.m. with a motorcade from the Juancho Yrauquin Airport to the Princess Juliana Sports field in The Bottom. the motorcade will stop inffornt of the GEBE Office and from thir the Saba Drum Band will lead the parade on feet to the Sports field where there will be the official ceremony.

The master and mistress of the ceremonies will be Mr. Dave Levenstone and Ms. Coretta Heyliger. Rev. St. Clair Williams will deliver the opening prayer. All Vincentians will recite the Pledge of Allegiance of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They will have the singing of the national anthem of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Netherlands Antilles and the Saba Anthem will be sung by the reigning calypso Queen of Saba, Mrs. Lisette Peterson-Riley. There will be speeches by the Lt. Governor of Saba Mr. Jonathan Johnson, Commissioner of Culture Mr. Bruce Zagers, and the special guest of honor for the celebration will the the Right Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mr. Montgomery Daniel, the president of the Vincy Cultural Association Ms. Margaret Child will also say a few words. A short and brief history of the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be done by Shadee Lavia and the thank you note will be done by Terika Daniel.

Following the official ceremony there will be entertainment by the Saba Spice Steel Orchestra, the Occasional String band, Power Sound system International featuring Dj. Davio and the Party Crew out iof St. Maarten. A group of Vincentians will be also rending various skits and folkloric songs from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Food and drinks from St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be also available free of charge.

Members of the association said that they are hereby extending a warm and cordial invitation to all Sabans and Vincentians on the surrounding islands to join them as they commemorate the 30th anniversary of independence. They further went on to state that they will be featuring some of their islands dishes and national dish and drinks and they would like for the community of Saba to come out and be a part of the celebration. This is also our way of saying thanks to the people of Saba for their hospitality towards us as nationals of St. Vincent living on Saba. The event will go on for as long as drinks and food last.

President of the association Ms. Margaret Child said that she would like to thank each and everyone that has been assisting and contributing towards the event thus far. It is the first time that we are doing this and we are looking forward in making this an annual event in which together with the Saban community we can share our experiences. She also told SNA that a special kiddies booth will be set up to accommodate the children at the sports field on Saturday. We are looking forward in a great celebration. We are grateful for the support that we have been receiving and is still receiving. We have held several fundraisers towards this and we would like to thank the Saban community for their support and cooperation Ms. Child said.