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President Donald Ramotar’s first Independence day address as Guyana celebrates 46 years of Independence.

In his first Independence day address to the nation as head of state, President Donald Ramotar sought to outline the course he has set out for the nation during his first term in office. Speaking at last Friday’s flag raising ceremony at the national park, the president noted the importance of all Guyanese working together for the good of the nation. His speech at times mirrored previous speeches he has made at national events over the past few months but he extended congratulations to the nation on its 46th independence reminding those gathered that there’s still more to be done.

The President said “Our greatest assets over the past 46 years have undoubtedly been you, our people. Guyana is blessed with a diverse population of warm, friendly, hospitable, generous and hard-working people. Your yeoman service, selfless sacrifices and your ability to see the bigger picture have allowed us to overcome many of the daunting difficulties that we have faced since Independence.

Tonight, I salute the people of Guyana, especially working people through whose toil and sacrifices this country was built. As we enter a new exciting phase of our development, I want to assure all of you, workers, entrepreneurs, farmers, intellectuals and all, that you will be an integral part of national development.

As we go forward together towards greater economic prosperity, let us bring to the process of development those virtues bequeathed to us by all of our ancestors”

The Guyana Police force and the Guyana Defense Force bands pulled out an entertaining band display that featured a number of well known soca hits from this year’s national competition and that had the attention of the audience.
That of course made way for the usual dance display by young Guyanese.

A 20minute long fireworks display ended the night. There were hardly any other major events to celebrate the independence anniversary other than that food agriculture and music festival at the providence stadium on Saturday and Sunday and that did not pull in the support that was expected.

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