The Donald Trump administration in the United States has sent a congratulatory message to Guyana on its 52nd anniversary of political independence from Great Britain.
“On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on 52 years of independence on May 26,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement.
“Today, we celebrate our strong connections,” he added. “We look forward to advancing prosperity by helping Guyana develop its emerging oil sector in partnership with US business. We underscore our commitment to partnership via the Caribbean 2020 strategy.
“We wish the people of Guyana, from the Corentyne to the Pakaraimas, from the Takutu to the Amakura, and across the entire ‘Land of Many Waters,’ a happy Independence Day celebration, with peace and prosperity throughout the year to come,” Pompeo continued.
In New York, the Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee said the Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, Patricia Chase-Green will be grand marshal of the annual Guyanese Independence Parade in Brooklyn on June 3.
The Committee said the parade is part of Guyana’s Independence celebration in New York, which will be held from June 3 – 10.
Committee chairman, Rickford Burke, told the Caribbean Media Corporation that along with executive members, he has been meeting with New York officials and members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) in finalizing plans for the celebrations.
“Guyanese pride will be on full display when the New York Diaspora unites for one celebration.”
He said the celebration will be held under the theme, “Celebrate Guyana to the World.”
Nevlon Duguid, director of communications for the organizing group, said the annual event is the second largest West Indian celebration in New York, after the Labor Day Carnival parade.
He said the historic 2016 jubilee celebration attracted over 20 000 Guyanese, while over 10 000 attended in 2017.
“Interest has peaked astronomically this year. We expect to mobilize a greater number of Guyanese in 2018,” Duguid said.
On Saturday, Guyana marked Independence Day celebrations with President David Granger reminding nationals of the importance of providing greater protection to children.
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