Independence flag raising ceremony to be hosted at Stabroek Market Square


As Guyana prepares to observe its 51st Independence Anniversary, the Department of Culture Youth and Sport is preparing to host ‘5O+1 Independence Anniversary’ and a week of activities.

According to a Press release from the Department, engagements are continually being held at various levels to ensure a successful, celebratory observance.

Minister with responsibility for the sector, Nicolette Henry recently met with several officials, where it was revealed that a week of activities is planned from May 21 -27 and the approach will see active participation from several other ministries.

For the first time, the flag raising ceremony would be hosted at the Stabroek Market Square. It will feature a military parade and mass band display followed by a spectacular fireworks showcase on the evening of May 25.

For this to be done, some infrastructural works are scheduled to be undertaken and completed by the relevant stakeholders such as the Mayor and City council, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Guyana Fire Service and The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI). This is according to National Events Director, Lt. Colonel Godfrey Bess.

Additionally, Director of Culture Ms. Tamika Boatswain noted that a mega culture- filled evening is slated for May 26 at the National Cultural Centre featuring Guyana’s offerings at the upcoming Carifesta XIII slated for Barbados.

“This would celebrate Guyana’s ‘Past, Present and Future’ with specific focus on presenting the nation as an ‘Emerging Green State’ in keeping with President David Granger’s vision,” the Ministry said.

While other pre and post activities are planned at the regional levels, Guyana will also be observing Youth Week which will coincide with the Independence observances and a plethora of youth related activities are scheduled to take place from May 21 and culminating on May 27.

Actively involved in the planning are officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Communities and Business with guidance from Lt. Col. Best, Director of National Events.

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