Grenada still needs us- Grenadians living in VI told
Grenadians celebrated the anniversary at a simple but yet impressive ceremony at the Fort Burt Hotel, Drake Point, on February 7, 2013. They were supported by a few friends from other Caribbean countries including the President of the Guyanese Association Mr Marvin Grant, Vincentians, Trinidadians, among others.
In her brief remarks at the ceremony Ms Lewis, a Radio announcer at ZBVI Radio, challenged her fellow countrymen and women to be true ambassadors of their homeland, "So that when we are referred to in these islands, it is for something that we would all be proud of.
She urged Grenadians to reflect on who they are as a people, where they came from, and to where they ought to be. "Remember, though we are not there, Grenada still needs us. I feel it is also our duty to give back to our beautiful spice isle and make our mark in her development," she added.
A call was also issued by Ms Lewis for her fellow Grenadians to put aside their differences and unite as one. She said that together as an association they can achieve great things by meeting their goal of making a positive difference in Grenada and the Virgin Islands. She spoke of the dream to see the establishment of a benevolent fund to assist members in times of need as well as to give back to the Virgin Islands community.
"It is also hoped that an occasion like this would be the first of many more to come, so that we could socialise and have more fellowship with each other," said Ms Lewis.
The keynote address was given by Grenadian and High Court Judge residing and serving in the Virgin Islands, Justice Albert Redhead. He spent his time reflecting on the history of Grenada and the need for those Grenadians in the Virgin Islands to form a vibrant association.
The silence of the night was broken when Mr Redhead touched on the politics of his native land. "The present Prime Minister is Tilman Thomas leader of the National Democratic council (NDC). General elections are due in Grenada on the 19th of February, 12 days from today's date. It is widely expected that the former Prime Minister, Mitchell's party the New National Party (NNP), will form the next government."
That said by Justice Redhead, it was no secret that there was a divide as it related to party of choice. This formed a healthy and even humorous discourse while toasts were moved and persons mingled and danced the night away.
Toasts were also moved to the Government and people of the VI for accommodating Grenadians in the Territory and allowing them to contribute to its development.