ST. KITTS-INDEPENDENCE-Hurricane forces cut back on St. Kitts-Nevis Independence celebrations

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Sept 10, CMC – The St. Kitts-Nevis government says it is reviewing the activities planned to commemorate the Federation’s 34th anniversary of political independence from Britain as a result of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma last week and the threat of further storms impacting the country.

Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said that his administration took the decision to curtail the number of activities that was part of the originally publicized calendar. The activities affected are between the period September 9 -20.

He said among the activities affected are the Appreciation Service for Sanitation Workers scheduled for Sunday, September 10, while the visits to schools by government ministers, which were slated to commence on Monday, are now cancelled.

“However, students can still look forward to the annual Schools’ Patriotic Programme and Treat, as that event will take place as planned on Monday, September 18th,” Harris said noting that the Prime Minister’s Independence Lecture Series and the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force Flag Raising Ceremony planned for Monday have been cancelled.

The National Fruit Day and the re-opening ceremony for the National ICT Centre, originally scheduled for September 12, have been postponed until further notice.

He said the Zonal Prayer Service, which is planned for Tuesday has now been converted into a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, as the nation seeks to unite, rebuild and acknowledge God’s providence following the passage of these storms.

“The Independence State Service is still slated for Sunday, September 17th at the Charlestown Methodist Church. The Annual National Heroes Day ceremony will go ahead as planned at our historic National Heroes Park on Saturday, September 16th; the Independence Day Parade at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium and the ensuing Toast at Camp Springfield, which are slated for Tuesday, September 19th, will be executed as originally planned,” he added.

St. Kitts-Nevis, which became an independent country on September 19, 1967, is observing the 34th anniversary under the theme “Youth, Vision, Integrity – Securing Our Nation’s Prosperity”.

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