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COME ALONG AND JOIN THE 41ST INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION OF ST LUCIA

Friends of St. Lucia International (a registered UK charity) would like to invite friends and Saint Lucians to a thanksgiving and ecumenical worship to celebrate Saint Lucia’s 41st anniversary of independence. The service will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 56 St. Anthony Road, Forest Gate, E7 9QB from 19:30. The service is opened to both Saint Lucians and friends of Saint Lucia.

The Ecumenical service will be the second being hosted by the charity. Saint Lucia, the Helen of the West Indies, gained its independence from the British Empire on 22nd February 1979. However, the flag of Saint Lucia was adopted in 1967. The blue represents the sky and sea. The yellow is the sunshine and the black and white signifies the harmony between the white and black races on the island. The triangles represent the Pitons, the famous volcanic cones located in the southwest part of the island and the national symbol of Saint Lucia.

The 21st of February, the eve of independence is « National Colours Day » and you are encouraged to encourage wearing something reflective of the national colours (blue, black, white and yellow). Unlike most countries, Independence Day is not the National Day of Saint Lucia; that takes place on 13th December, the Feast Day of Saint Lucia, who became the patron saint of the island. Occupying 238sq miles, it has come a long way.

From 1992, Saint Lucia boasts having the highest Nobel Prize Winner per capita (the late Sirs William Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott). Saint Lucia has continued to set itself ahead of other Caribbean Islands and recently won, for the second year running the World’s leading Honeymoon destination in 2019, making it almost 50% of the time since the award was announce by the World Travel Award. Despite its success as a tourism destination, Saint Lucia continues to face many socio-economic challenges from unemployment to education. It is hoped, that with prayer we can overcome any challenges that beset us. It is for this reason we invite you to join us as we pray for our nation and also celebrate our achievements as a people. By Francis

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