For the second consecutive year, Jamaica’s black, green and gold flag will fly high over Paterson, N.J., when the local Jamaican community will celebrate their island nation’s 49th anniversary of independence with a flag-raising ceremony on the steps of City Hall on August 1 and a later church service.
Organized by the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JON-J), the Jamaica Ex-Police Association and the Jamaican Nurses Association of New Jersey, the two events commemorate Jamaica’s independence from Great Britain. Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America, and the Hon. Genieve Brown-Metzger, Consul General of Jamaica in New York, are expected to attend. Paterson’s Mayor Jeffery Jones, members of parliament, members of the city council, and local and state elected officials will also participate in the event. With music and vendors selling authentic Jamaican merchandise, festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at the Paterson City Hall Plaza for the flag-raising.
The annual Independence Prayer and Thanksgiving Service will start at 4 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church in Paterson and will feature the Rev. Dr. Adrian McFarlane as guest speaker. The church event will include liturgical dancers and singers and will end with a reception in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will be provided by the area’s Caribbean restaurants.