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For the country to remain a high achiever, Jamaicans must be unique in values and attitudes that others will envy, University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer, Barbara Foster, has suggested.
“As persons who believe in Jamaica, we have work to do to ensure that this Jamaica, land we love, remains our pride. If we believe in Jamaica and its future, we must protect our cultural heritage from the effects of neglect,” she said.
She was delivering the main address at the Independence Flag Raising Ceremony, at Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth, on Independence Day, Thursday (August 6).
“We must share with the youth of this country the significance of our monuments, forts, historic districts, churches and lighthouses, so that they will protect them,” Ms. Foster insisted.
She said that Jamaica’s universities, success in sports at the regional and international levels and its 47 years of maintaining a stable democratic process were no mean achievements.
“This Independence Flag Raising Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate another milestone in our history. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our history and achievement,” she said.
The university lecturer added that, as persons reflect and celebrate, they should examine the activities and challenges which need to be improved, set new goals and apply strategies to make a future that Jamaicans can be proud of.
“Let us set goals to return families to a place where there is a sense of belonging, tradition, love, community spirit and good human relation. Let us set goals to mentor at least one young person in your neighbourhood, to demonstrate values and attitudes in their speech, dress code and overall conduct,” she urged the audience.

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