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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, heads the officials who will attend Sunday’s (July 31) National Emancipation and Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Pentecostal Gospel Tabernacle on Windward Road in Kingston, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
  • Contestants in the 2016 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition will also be in attendance.
  • The service will also feature a performance by the winner of the JCDC’s 2016 Children’s Gospel Song Competition, Tashtica Sang.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, heads the officials who will attend Sunday’s (July 31) National Emancipation and Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Pentecostal Gospel Tabernacle on Windward Road in Kingston, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Holness, who will read the First Lesson, will be accompanied by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.

Also slated to attend is Opposition Leader, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, among other parliamentarians, and Custos Rotulorum for St. Andrew, Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell.

Contestants in the 2016 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition will also be in attendance.

The service is jointly organized by the church and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and will kick off a week of commemorative activities to be held under the theme: ‘Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright’.

Pentecostal Tabernacle Pastor, Rev. Robert Stewart, welcomed the collaboration with the JCDC, describing it as a “distinct honour.”

He told JIS News that a sand ceremony will be among the highlights of the service.

This exercise, Rev. Stewart explained, will see sand, depicting the national colours of Black, Green and Gold, being poured into a container by persons of different age groups to symbolise the prevailing harmony across the nation.

The service will also feature a performance by the winner of the JCDC’s 2016 Children’s Gospel Song Competition, Tashtica Sang.

Rev. Stewart pointed out that Sunday’s engagement “is really about a coming together of the different generations – depicting pre, post and contemporary independence – in unity.”