Guyana celebrates its 50th Republic!
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, February 22, 2020
Cheers erupted from the crowd at D’Urban Park on Saturday morning as the Golden Arrow Head was hoisted against the brilliant blue sky.
As customary, the flag-raising ceremony was part of Guyana’s celebrations to mark the country attainment of Republican status on February 23, 1970.
The event began with His Excellency President David Granger taking the salute; he was joined by Prime Minister the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of Social Cohesion Dr. George Norton.
Patrons were marvelled at the colour, costumes and talented performances of Guyana’s youths as they put on a spectacular show hosted under the theme “Reflect, Celebrate, Transform.”
This was followed by a stunning display by the Guard of Honour which included ranks from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the National Cadets, National Coast Guards and others.
Despite the heat, the energy at D’urban Park was electrifying and according to Minister of Social Protection Dr. George Norton, this is just a taste of what tomorrow – Mashramani day – will be like.
The Social Cohesion Minister said, “it was a spectacular display of youth and of course from our military personnel.”
“The hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead in this park has always been spectacular,” he added noting that seeing the nation’s colours proudly billowing in the sky invokes a sense of patriotism.
The event saw families coming out to be a part of Guyana’s republic milestone. Speaking to the DPI, Von Venture shared his excitement to be part of the event.
“I am happy to be here, very enthusiastic matter of fact because to celebrate our fiftieth Republic anniversary of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. It’s a momentous occasion and I glad to be here to meet that milestone.”
Proud mother, Ms. France told DPI she came out to support her son. “He is a Lance Corporal in the army, his name is Asher France, so this is his first time on the parade.
For Amanda Pereira, it was her fir time at the event and she was in high spirits as she watched the magnificent display.
The event which was organised by the Department of Social Cohesion also saw the attendance of First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger, wife of the Prime Minister Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo, other ministers of government, members of the diplomatic corps, senior officials and special guests.