The 49th Anniversary of Independence presently being celebrated by Jamaica, Jamaican communities and friends of Jamaica the world over is a very important milestone. We commemorate nearly half a century of significant achievement in the development of our Nation, and no less crucially as responsible members of the international community.
The challenges of the Jamaican people as manifested in the exigencies of cultural, socio-economic and other dynamics we have experienced whether here in Florida, in the Southern United States of America, or in other locations, have sometimes proven formidable. But, secure in the spirit and attributes that make our people unique, we have become successful in many fields of endeavour. Our Diaspora communities are recognized for their sterling contribution to society building, and reflect the presence and worth of individuals of substance who make us proud daily.
It is now time that we ourselves acknowledge as Jamaicans that we have prevailed and are formidable contenders in our migrant communities, and in that vein celebrate the retentions of our culture in this part of the Diaspora with tremendous nationalism, and pride, and fellowship.
The Jamaican nation is poised to embark with renewed vigour on the rest of the journey we must chart together embracing the vision of unity and strength articulated by our forebears, as we anticipate our approaching 50th Anniversary of Independence. We depend on all our people at home and abroad to join in that renewed effort in advancing the interest of Jamaica. Together with our Diaspora, we trust that our friends in both official and public society alike, equally, will celebrate with us and continue to encourage and uplift our spirits.
On behalf of the Government and People of Jamaica, I take the opportunity to salute you all, and pray blessings on your worthy endeavours, as we journey together for the benefit of Jamaica “Land we Love”.
Sandra Grant Griffiths, JP
Consul General of Jamaica to Florida,
The Southern United States, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
and the Cayman Islands