In spite of Guyana’s turbulent political past and the recent struggles for agreement on nationalistic issues between the country’s political leaders, yesterday’s Republic Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony, served as a most sobering reminder of just how important it is for all citizens to channel their energies toward the development of the nation.
The momentous occasion which heralded Guyana’s 44th year of having attaining Republic status, was the first event to officially start off the Mash Day celebrations and it was done in exceptionally fine style.
The activity commenced at precisely 6:15am, with a parade of male and female officers from the Joint Services who marched the almost 400 metres from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Brickdam to Parliament Buildings.
On lookers who stood outside continued to watch from a distance as they too were not only impressed by the officers but most importantly proud of them.
The Parliament building itself was appropriately decorated with the bright colours of the National Flag, The Golden Arrow Head, which could be seen on its frontal exterior.
The event was well attended by members of the Government and Opposition as well as the Diplomatic Corps. It also saw the attendance of several Heads of local agencies.
The Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds and President Donald Ramotar were given special salutes by the officers of the Guyana Defence Force.
They were welcomed at the Parliament’s entrance by a special party which included the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. Frank Anthony.
Following the special salutes, the Guard Commander then escorted President Ramotar to inspect the Guard of Honour comprising ranks of the Police and Defence Forces. After this was completed, it was finally time for the Golden Arrow Head to be hoisted.
But just before this, those in attendance sang along to some of Guyana’s National Songs.
When the flag was finally hoisted at precisely 7:30am, it was accompanied by the recital of the National Pledge.
The moment itself also reinforced the point that apart from the glitter and glamour, and the frolic that would normally occur after the peaceful event, there is a lot to be thankful for. It also served for some in attendance, as a reminder of the ever so important need for our leaders to work harmoniously in helping to propel Guyana’s growth and improve the political instability. (Kiana Wilburg)
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