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  • National Emancipation and Independence celebrations will begin this Sunday (July 26), with Church services across the island.
  • Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the Church services will formally begin a week of celebrations that showcase the theme: ‘Proud and Free! Jamaica 53’.
  • The National Thanksgiving Service, she announced, will be held at the St. Jago De LA Vega Cathedral, 1 Barrett Street in Spanish Town, commencing at 10:00 a.m.

National Emancipation and Independence celebrations will begin this Sunday (July 26), with Church services across the island.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the Church services will formally begin a week of celebrations that showcase the theme: ‘Proud and Free! Jamaica 53’.

“There are a number of activities this year and we want to get people really interested in the history, interested in the festival, and interested in our independence,” she said, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on July 24.

The National Thanksgiving Service, she announced, will be held at the St. Jago De LA Vega Cathedral, 1 Barrett Street in Spanish Town, commencing at 10:00 a.m.  Other church services will also be held in the various parishes across the island.

In Hanover, the service will be held at the Lucea Assemblies of God, Johnson Town, at 11:00 a.m., in Manchester, residents will celebrate at 4:00 p.m. at the Ridgemount United Church, Main Street, in Mandeville, with guest speaker, Professor Verene Shepherd from the University of the West Indies.

Over in St. Ann, citizens will gather at the St. Ann’s Bay Baptist Church at 9:15 a.m.,  and in Portland, the service will be held at the New Testament Assembly Church of God, 2a Allan Avenue, in Port Antonio, beginning at 11:00 a.m.