It is a great honour for me to extend independence greetings to my fellow Jamaicans and friends.
Independence is that special time when nationals give thanks for the journey thus far, reflect on achievements made, while committing selves to the larger purpose ahead.
And as we look to the future, our nation takes pride in the historic landmark of our country’s first female Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller.
In the life of a person, the 44th anniversary of birth can be seen as an important watershed, even while promising undiscovered potential. In the case of a nation, 44 years is merely a beginning.
Yet, for those who have witnessed this short journey, there is great pride and satisfaction in national development and growth and achievements recorded, even when balanced against understandable disappointments.
The Jamaican story is a story of inspiration to be emulated. When viewed against size and resources, there is a lesson for all from this Jamaican experience that success can be achieved despite the odds. Today, we can look back with justifiable satisfaction at our impressive achievements, both nationally and internationally.
Given the common purpose in our pursuit for excellence, we must continue to dream the impossible, knowing that with the Great Defender by our side all things are possible. I encourage you to remain resolute in our collective determination to consolidate the many gains of the past, while looking ahead to a future which beckons with great possibilities.
I am proud to commend and thank all those organizations and persons who have, in various ways, contributed positively and who continue to go beyond the call of duty in service to our country and people. We are a people with an abundance of energy and talent that when used constructively, reverberate exponentially into a framework of great accomplishments.
Our heroes had a steadfast belief in the justice of their cause, finding the courage to stand up for their ideals to vigorously oppose injustice and create opportunities for our people. The challenge is now ours; we can do no less. There is greatness in our people!
With the help of the Almighty, our country will grow, even while struggling towards that beautiful horizon, and continue to unleash its unlimited potential with the firm resolve to write our own history, sing our own song, and being triumphant, proud and free.
Happy Independence! May God continue to be the light for Jamaica, land we love.
Dr. Basil K. Bryan