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Consul General in New York, Geneive Brown Metzger, has challenged Jamaicans in the Diaspora, to continue to build on the rich legacy of the forefathers and National Heroes.
Addressing a Flag-Raising Ceremony in lower Manhattan, on National Heroes Day (October 20), Mrs. Brown Metzger urged the audience not to forget the tremendous sacrifices made in securing “our rightful place in today’s global society.”
Noting the struggles for freedom instigated by the National Heroes, she said the national heritage now includes everything that gives “our people a sense of self awareness and pride in being Jamaican.”
“As we pause to reflect on our journey over these past 46 years and indeed the past 174 years, I ask that you recommit yourselves to the cause of nation building and advancing the welfare of Jamaicans everywhere. Today, we pause to salute our heritage in building our nation, Jamaica,” the Consul General said.
Highlights of the lunch hour ceremony included presentations by wife of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, Lorna Golding; US Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke (Brooklyn); and New York State Assemblyman, Nick Perry (Brooklyn), and the raising of the Jamaican flag by persons honoured by the Government of Jamaica for service to the nation – Byron LaBeach (Sports); Una Clarke (Politics) and Vincent HoSang (Business).
The ceremony was one of two events organised by the Consulate General and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), with support from the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA) and the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board in North East USA, to celebrate National Heritage Week, observed from October 12 to 20, under the theme: ‘Saluting Our Heritage Building Our Nation’.