Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019. 12:33 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: This day, acknowledges Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, is unlike any other.
The naval engagement commemorated this morning as it has been for 221 years, he said, was the start of an even bigger fight for our society.
The Baymen and their subjugated slaves fought not only for themselves and their lives, but for the idea of a country to call their own.
The country born on September 10 and fully emerged on September 21, 1981, still has many problems, such as crime and violence, economic inequality and “compassion turned to competition, devotion into division.”
But he urged, quoting the September Celebrations theme, that Belize still has the ability to write it’s own story and shape it’s future.
Deputy Prime Minister and co-chair of the September Celebrations Commission Patrick Faber made note that then as now, the Belize Settlement was vulnerable but those residents who decided to fight are our example to work together and fulfill their wishes for our nation.
The result of 1798 was a massive expansion of the settlement and welcoming of other ethnic groups and it is important that all must participate in our development.
Acknowledging that Belizeans have not done our best to celebrate our history, Faber announced plans to observe such dates as Emancipation Day (though it will not be a public holiday). He closed with an exhortation for Belizeans to become people of action and proud of our heritage.
The usual installation of the Queen of the Bay, Kimberly Santos, who succeeds Jenny Lee Cruz, also took place.
This morning’s Citizens Parade proceeded from Memorial Park through North Front Street to Cemetery Road, Albert Street and ending at the Yabra Green.
The usual post-ceremony party comes back to downtown Belize City on Albert and Regent Street from the north side.
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