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Guyana Turns 43

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 27, 2009: For the third consecutive year, the Guyana flag was raised over New York City to mark the country`s 43rd anniversary of independence from Britain.

The Bowling Green Association of New York and the Committee to Celebrate Guyana raised the flag on Tuesday to mark Guyana independence day 2009 in the financial capital of the world.  The Guyana flag was first raised over Manhattan in 2007.

Meanwhile, in Guyana, a gala flag raising ceremony was held early Tuesday at the National Park to usher in the anniversary. President Bharrat Jagdeo used the occasion to urge those old enough to have witnessed the lowering of the Union Jack, to strive to inculcate in future generations the patriotism needed to ensure Guyana remains a truly free state.

And he called for a framework for improved cooperation between Guyana’s political parties, particularly the major parties: the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) and the PNC/R (People’s National Congress Reform)  and to foster engagements that go beyond Parliamentary exchanges and that are more reflective of the enormity of the challenges facing Guyana. 

The gala flag raising ceremony was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and included performances by the National Steel Orchestra, Mashramani 2009 calypso and chutney monarchs and dances, songs and performances by other artistes including the Creation Express Band and the Apex Dance Troupe. There were also military displays and drills just before the hoisting of the flag at midnight.

Guyana achieved its independence from Great Britain officially on May 26, 1966.