The 56th anniversary of Majority Rule was commemorated with the annual national church service held at St. Agnes Anglican Church. Among those in attendance were Governor General, His Excellency the Most. Hon. Sir Cornelius Smith, Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis and other senior government officials past and present.

The sermon was delivered by rector of St. Agnes Anglican Church, Archdeacon Keith Cartwright. “And so as we begin our fiftieth year of independence we have come together as the people in this historic church of St. Agnes to reflect on where we have come from, where we are now and where we are going in the future.”

Cartwright went on to say, “yes there has been tremendous progress on many fronts in our national life but the main foundation and the inner fabric of our national life, family life has become a national joke. Our Bahamian family is in serious crises as we mark this historic occasion today. We cannot reach our full potential Bahamas with our homes and family lives being in such a shattered state. The sum total of what is going on in our land that is causing our nation such pain and grief has to do with the breakdown of home and family life.”

The service was followed by a precession to the gravesite of the nation’s first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden O. Pindling for a wreath laying ceremony.