American Landmark To Be Lit Up In Honour Of Jamaican Independence

NEW YORK, JULY 26, 2004 (JIS)

One of the United States’ most well known landmarks, the Empire State Building in New York City, will be lit in the colours of the Jamaican flag August 6-8, 2004 in honour of Jamaica’s 42nd year of Independence. The Jamaican flag will also be flown on the 6th floor of the 5th Avenue entrance of the building.

What originally began as a request from Josh Williams, a Jamaican national who works for the Empire State Building Management Company, and which was endorsed by Community Relations Officer Janet Madden from the Jamaican Consulate in New York, has led to the occurrence of this event for the second straight year.

Mrs. Madden expressed her gratitude to Lydia Ruth, Director of Public Relations and Special Events Coordinator for the Empire State Building Management Company, and to Mr. Williams in an interview with JIS News.

“ Ms. Ruth has assisted us with this endeavour for the past two years and we are indeed grateful that people here in New York and New Jersey and especially the Jamaicans who reside in this area and indeed across the entire United States will be able to view this landmark as it pays tribute to Jamaica,” Mrs. Madden said.

She concluded, “ Though Mr. Williams now lives and works in New York, his patriotism and efforts to recognize his country are to be heralded. We are very proud that a part of our heritage will be on display for all to see and I encourage Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica to view the landmark August 6-8.”

Contact: Melissa Stephenson
Information Attaché – Jamaica Information Service/NY
Consulate-General of Jamaica