Ranglin-Vassell shares message for Jamaican Independence Day
STATE HOUSE – In observance of Jamaican Independence Day today, Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) issued the following message:
“Happy Independence Day to all Jamaicans and Jamaican-Americans here in Rhode Island! Happy Independence Day to all the people who enjoy and celebrate our rich heritage and culture. Today marks 58 years since Jamaica gained its independence from Great Britain.
“I send my heartiest congratulations to Jamaicans in the homeland and to those in the diaspora. As Jamaicans, we have been through so much, but we are a resilient people and we always pull through. We stand tall and proud amidst the challenges that we face, great or small.
“This year have been a tough year for Jamaicans from dealing with the novel coronavirus to the heartaches and pain inflicted on so many of its citizens by economic burdens and crime. We have been through challenges before, one after the other, but together, we have locked arms and hearts and fought our way through those moments of hardships and despair.
“We have been made stronger by our trials. So, on this day, our 58th birthday, a day set aside to celebrate and to honor who we all are, it is my hope and my prayer that Jamaicans and Jamaican-Americans remain united, pushing forward to One Jamaica honoring our motto “Out of Many, one People.”
“There is so much to celebrate about Jamaica: our cuisine is the most sought after in the world; our athletes does not just win races, they Jaminate. Our island home, from the beautiful Blue Mountain Peak to the tranquil blue waters that surround us and give us peace. Our Reggae music is second to none, but none can compare to the warm, loving people of Jamaica. Jamaica is not simply a country, it is an attitude. Let us remain committed to our core values and to our motto.
“Happy Independence Day, Jamaica. Rise above your challenges, go forth and be all that you are!”
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903