NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, bought remarks during The 45th Independence Celebrations National Pride Day under the theme, 'Celebrate Bahamas: We've Come This Far By Faith' at Parliament and Rawson Squares on Friday, July 6, 2018 attended by officials and residents from all walks of life. Music was provided by the National Youth Orchestra. BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson
NASSAU, The Bahamas – “The way we regard our Flag serves to demonstrate to the world how committed we are in maintaining the profound aims and objectives of The Bahamas as one united nation. So, wherever we are in our homes, our schools, our churches or in our communities we must always remember to show respect for ourselves,” Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling said at National Pride Day & Flag Raising festivities in Rawson and Parliament Squares, July 6, 2018. As Bahamians celebrated, she admonished that they always show respect to this “sacred” symbol.
Bahamians, including children enrolled in summer camps, clad in the gold, aquamarine and black colors of the Flag, filled Parliament Square and beamed with pride as they clapped, danced, and waved their Flags in celebration. Government officials, diplomatic community representatives and Bahamians of all walks of life joined in the festivities.
The colourful Flag Raising ceremony, led by the Governor-General, was among the activities organized by the 45th National Independence Committee to mark National Pride Day. The theme this year: 'Celebrate Bahamas: We’ve Come This Far by Faith'.
Guest speaker Italia Johnson, First Woman Speaker of the House of Assembly with remarks. BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson
Activities included announcement of the winners of the 45th National Independence Essay Competition, organized by the Ministry of Education, which was held for students in the primary, junior and senior high school divisions; entertainment by the Bahamas National Youth Orchestra, Charlie da Yellow Bahamian, the Police Youth Band (Mt. Moriah Transformers), the Scorched Conch Band, and Tropical Depression.
The people’s choice and the judges’ choice winners of the 45th National Independence Recording Artists Search, organized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, were also announced. The finalists in the song competition demonstrated their talents to the audience with performances in Rawson Square. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)