The annual ecumenical service commemorating Emancipation Day was held on Monday at the Fox Hill Parade.

The Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, the Hon. Fred Mitchell was in attendance.  During his remarks he told attendees, “freedom is not free.  Everyday, when we can, we ought to mark it as an occasion lest we forget and we must never forget.  Not to make us a slave to the past but to ensure that as we look to the future, the future will not repeat the past.”

Mitchell also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Rt. Hon. Dr. Gail Saunders saying, “had it not been for her seminal work in so many areas we may not have known many of the stories we know today.”

Governor General His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius Smith was also at the service and delivered remarks.  “We must always be mindful that it was upon their bended backs, their broken bodies that we stood so as to arrive to a place where we can now enjoy freedom and prosperity of a free and sovereign nation,” he said.

The sermon was delivered by Rev. J. Carl Rahming, Pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Fox Hill.

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