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Remembering Barbadian sacrifice

Outstanding Barbadian Marseta Walcott last evening flipped the switch at Heroes Square to light up Bridgetown, heralding the start of a month of celebrations for Barbados’ 48th anniversary of Independence.

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Community stalwart Marseta Walcott (right) flipping the switch, applauded by the 2013 Most Outstanding Parish Ambassadors Rico Bradshaw (left) and Reshida Smith (hidden) of St Joseph.

She was chosen because of her devotion to the work of developing people in the community, and Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley spoke of the many Barbadians who are not recognized for the role they play in the island’s development.


Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley addressing the lighting ceremony.

Delivering the feature address, Lashley said events such as the lighting ceremony, along with the traditional Independence Day parade must not only be seen as symbolic celebrations of the attainment of Independence.

“They must, in my view, serve to remind us of the responsibility that Independence brings. They must remind us of the sacrifice of so many Barbadians, particularly our unsung heroes, to the Independence effort and in the building of modern Barbados,” he told the large crowd that turned up for the occasion.

Pointing out that the first lighting for Independence was done in the presence of national hero Errol Barrow, who led this country to self-rule, Lashley said the occasion could not be complete without remembering the contribution of Barbados’ first Prime Minister to nationhood.

“I am asking that, as we are faced today with unique economic challenges, every Barbadian remembers the perseverance and resolve of Errol Barrow and his team in 1966 as they boldly moved with determination against the odds towards Independence,” he said.

Part of the audience at last night's lighting ceremony.

Part of the audience at yesterday evening’s lighting ceremony.

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