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Focus on vision of H. L. Stoutt for 26th Memorial

- Wreath laying & Memorial Service slated for Cappoon’s Bay on March 1, 2021
The vision of the Territory’s greatest visionary leader, Hamilton Lavity Stoutt will be the focus for the 26th Memorial celebration. Photo: GIS/File
The wreath laying ceremony at the grave of the Territory's first Chief Minister, Mr H. Lavity Stoutt on March 2, 2020. Photo: VINO
The wreath laying ceremony at the grave of the Territory's first Chief Minister, Mr H. Lavity Stoutt on March 2, 2020. Photo: VINO
Director of Culture, Dr Katherine A. Smith, said examining the broader legacy of H. Lavity Stoutt especially as it relates to the empowerment of his people indeed allows the Virgin Islands to appreciate the importance of charting its own destiny. Photo: Facebook/File
Director of Culture, Dr Katherine A. Smith, said examining the broader legacy of H. Lavity Stoutt especially as it relates to the empowerment of his people indeed allows the Virgin Islands to appreciate the importance of charting its own destiny. Photo: Facebook/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) lays a wreath at the grave of the Territory's first Chief Minister, Mr H. Lavity Stoutt on March 2, 2020. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) lays a wreath at the grave of the Territory's first Chief Minister, Mr H. Lavity Stoutt on March 2, 2020. Photo: VINO
CAPPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- The vision of the Territory’s greatest visionary leader, Hamilton Lavity Stoutt will be the focus for the 26th Memorial celebration.

This year’s celebration is being held under the theme, “Defining the Vision: ‘Empowering My People’” and will take place at the Cappoon’s Bay field on Monday, March 1 at 10:00 am immediately after the Laying of the Wreath at 9:30 am at the Cappoon’s Bay Burial Grounds.

Director of Culture, Dr Katherine A. Smith in a Government press release said, "Through the constitutional advances of 1950 and 1967, the Territory was able to progress with greater self-determination. In 1967, we were able to have for the first time a "Chief Minister" who was also the Minister for Education - the late Honourable H. Lavity Stoutt. With these accomplishments, we were able to truly establish a trajectory for development. Examining the broader legacy of H. Lavity Stoutt especially as it relates to the empowerment of his people indeed allows us to appreciate the importance of charting our own destiny."

A man of vision

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt served in many capacities during his time. His favourite quote was said to be “Where there is no vision the people perish”. It is from his vision for the people of the Virgin Islands that the Territory’s first tertiary institute, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, was founded as well as other major capital developments that are still beneficial to residents today.

During this year’s celebration, the committee will be sharing information on his vision and efforts for developing the human resources of the Virgin Islands through education.

H. Lavity Stoutt Memorial Celebration is a traditional event hosted by the Government of the Virgin Islands in collaboration with the H. Lavity Stoutt Commemorative Committee.

Historic significance

According to the press release, the Government of the Virgin Islands through the Department of Culture celebrates the life of the late Honourable H. Lavity Stoutt as a person of historic significance to the Territory every year on the first Monday in March.

The day is declared a public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the birthday of the Territory’s first Chief Minister. The late H. Lavity Stoutt was born on March 7, 1929 and died on May 14, 1995.

9 Responses to “Focus on vision of H. L. Stoutt for 26th Memorial”

  • Vision (18/02/2021, 14:37) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    And yet we can't run our affairs....from nothing to some thing..
  • DON Q (18/02/2021, 14:45) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Another VIP hero yall
  • jack (18/02/2021, 16:36) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    VIP shape the BVI!!!
  • 1st District (18/02/2021, 20:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Them who in charge NOW, is a disgrace to his vision and us as a people. He was from the first district and NEVER disregarded his district physically NOR morally. Let his NAME AND SPRIT REST IN PEACE. SHAME!!
  • The Auditor (18/02/2021, 23:35) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    If uncle Lavi had .0002% of the budget what these losers here spending.....can you just imagine what our beloved BVI would have been?

    Pre-1995

    1. College
    2. Cruise Ship Industry
    3. Old and New Admin Complex (including Post Office)
    4. Financial Services
    5. Social Security
    6. Peebles Hospital
    7. Schools
    8. Sea Walls
    9. Cut and paved all existing roads
    10. Electricity

    Post May 1995 - I wonder what to put under the (new) VIP and NDP list?

    1. $10Mil Beef Island bridge
    2. $250K Bathroom-Noel Lloyd Park - don't talk about the Festival Grounds bathroom (upwards of 300K)
    3. East End/Long Look Sewage project payment 150 times to the same contractor (including 1 in process 2021)- ain't start yet
    4. $7Mil Plane
    5. $2Mil High School wall
    6. $1Mil SCB/Nanny Cay wall - adjacent to private property
    7. $80Mil Cruise Ship Dock expansion
    8. Bush cutting from $100/per month to $5,00 per sq ft
    9. BVI Sports Complex -
    10.Overrun overrun overrun

    New VIP / NDP / any P - "where there's no vision, the people perish"
    • @the auditor (19/02/2021, 06:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You on point. hope the col don't see your blog
    • and (19/02/2021, 07:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      And we are sadly lacking a decent PUBLIC LIBRARY for so many years ’taint funny. Where there is no vision.....
    • Reply (19/02/2021, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      we support Andrew fahie in fact he is the best thing that happen to the BVI take that to the bank
  • cnn (19/02/2021, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    VIP is the same as stoutt VIP, they help people and the best hope for the bvi


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