Ordinary Barbadians eager to be part history
Just two days before Barbados celebrates its Golden Jubilee, Barbadians from coast to coast joined in a second attempt to join hands in a human chain link to show how much they love Barbados.
On the south of the island, students of Harrison College and the Princess Margaret Secondary School, tourists and locals looked organized as they played their part in the effort.
The mood just outside the Grantley Adams International Airport, in particular, was definitely one of patriotism, and it seemed like it was Wednesday – Independence Day – already.
Michele Callender-Clairmonte who came out to support her son, who attends Harrison College, told Barbados TODAY she could not miss out on helping to form the human chain link.
“It is such a momentous occasion and we feel like we had to be here,” she said.
She expressed the view that although the country was celebrating 50 years of Independence, there was still more work to be done.
“I am very proud. I think we have a lot of work to do still, but I think we have made great strides and I can only hope for the better for the future.”
Alison Gamble, who took her two daughters to participate in the chain link, said she believed it was a historic event that could build patriotism.
“Too many of our children are influenced by other cultures and I thought this is an investment into the future because they would never forget this. . . .You hear other individuals who were children just after Barbados became independent talking about their experience and I didn’t want them to miss out on this experience,” she said, adding that she planned on taking them to the Independence Day parade as well.
“. . . So they can experience the parade as well, because next 50 years we don’t know what Barbados and our world will be like, so we should take the opportunity now.”
She contended that the country’s biggest achievement thus far has been education.
“We can educate children from nursery right up to secondary, and even in some cases the tertiary level. The cost to parents isn’t as great as it could be,” Gamble noted.
Her daughter Kristienne said she was very proud to be a Barbadian and would not trade this little island for anything.
“I am very proud and I would never go anywhere else because I feel safe here. [What] I love about Barbados is that it is pretty and safe,” she said.