Min. Moxey called on Bahamians to remember the vision of the nation’s forefathers during Independence

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Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey, who was the keynote speaker at the 2022 Flag Raising ceremony on the grounds of the Office of the Prime Minister (GB) on Friday, July, 8, 2022, said that because of the great nation builders of the past, their vision and determination made it possible for her to declare that she’s proud to be a Bahamian. BIS Photos/Lisa Davis

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey called on Bahamians to remember the vision of their forefathers, the architects of the independent Bahamas in which we all are privileged to live in today.

“These great Bahamians are responsible for the power that we, the people of the Bahamas hold in our hands,” said Minister Moxey. “We shall never forget the contributions and sacrifices made by these great nation builders. Because of them we can proudly celebrate our rich heritage and culture. Because of them, I, Ginger Maria Moxey can declare that I am proud to be Bahamians. We are all proud to be Bahamian.”

The Grand Bahama Minister was the keynote speaker during the 2022 flag raising ceremony on the grounds of the Office of the Prime Minister in Freeport, on Friday, July 8, 2022. The event, which was also held in the eastern and western districts of Grand Bahama simultaneously, served as a prelude to the celebration of the Bahamas’ 49th year of Independence. The event was well attended by government officials as well as members of the Freeport public.

“On this special occasion, we gather together to herald the historic event that ended British rule in The Bahamas and marked the moment that our beautiful country assumed its position on the world’s stage as a free and sovereign nation,” said Minister Moxey.

She pointed out that on July 10th, 1973, the Union Jack was lowered and the Bahamas’ tri-colored, aquamarine, black and gold flag was hoisted towards the sky at midnight, symbolizing the dawning of a new day, which represented democracy, equal opportunities and a bright future for thousands of strong, determined, proud Bahamian men and women.

“Today, as we hoist the Bahamian Flag in the west district, the east district and in the city of Freeport, let us give thanks to God for his unwavering love and countless blessings. Let us thank God for his grace and mercy and for his continued guidance and protection over Grand Bahama and over every island of The Bahamas.

“I encourage you all to show your Bahamian pride this Independence holiday weekend, be bold in the display of your flags and wear your flag colors proudly. Remember that we live in the best little country in the world.

“Grand Bahama is on its way to experiencing the grand life, because its yet another grand day and its indeed Grand Bahama’s time. So, on behalf of the Government of the Bahamas, our Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, our Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. I. Chester Cooper and all of my Cabinet colleagues and other government officials, I wish you all a very safe and happy Independence.”

More photo highlights below:

The Quadrille dancers from Cat Island put on a show for those attending the 2022 Flag Raising ceremony on the grounds of the Office of the Prime Minister, on Friday, July 8, 2022.

Officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Bahamas Defence Force officially hoisted the Bahamian Flag on Friday, July 8, 2022, during the Flag Raising ceremony in Freeport. The event was a prelude to celebration of the 49th Independence Anniversary of the Bahamas.

Ofi and the Boys gave those attending the 2022 Flag Raising ceremony in Freeport on Friday, July 8, 2022, a taste of the origin of Bahamian music called rake ‘n scrape.