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Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, has said that the country’s 46th anniversary of Independence, to be celebrated tomorrow (August 6), is a fitting occasion to reflect on the sterling achievements of the island.
Delivering the keynote address at the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM) Independence Ball on August 2, at Martin’s West Conference Centre in Baltimore, Ambassador Johnson said: “Independence, perhaps more so than any other occasion, is a time for reflection on where we are as a nation, where we have been and where we are going.”
“We must remember that the freedom we celebrate was bought with the blood, sweat and tears of our fore-parents and we should always cherish this freedom,” he added.
Ambassador Johnson said that 46 years is but a heartbeat in the life of a nation, yet the country has extended its reach far beyond its 4,243 square miles. “We are known worldwide for our culture, athletic prowess and are today one of the most recognisable names on the planet, which thoroughly proves that size is not a deterrent for strength or excellence.”
Turning to the Independence theme, ‘One Family One Love’, Ambassador Johnson encouraged the audience to embrace it. “This love speaks to love of nation, love of environment, love of our heritage, and love of our neighbours. We are all called to remember the old time love, when everyone in the village was treated like family and when all adults helped to teach the children and all children respected all adults,” he said.
He congratulated the Jamaica Association of Maryland for 20 years of outstanding contribution to the city of Baltimore and Jamaica.
Maryland House of Assembly delegate and founding member of JAM, Jamaican born Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, was given the Marcus Garvey Award for over 35 years of outstanding service in the field of politics.