[www.inewsguyana.com] – The traditional flag raising ceremony to mark another Republic Anniversary began with the short route march along Brickdam to the forecourt of the Parliament Building on Monday, February 23.
After taking up their positions, the combined joint services ranks and dignitaries who included President Donald Ramotar, First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, his wife Yvonne Hinds, Minister of Culture Youth, and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony, other government officials, diplomats and other specially invited guests were led in prayers by representatives of the three major faiths.
The representatives of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths prayed for the continuity of peace, love, success and prosperity of Guyana and its citizens.
A call was also made for the continued embrace of the national motto, “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”. The conclusion of prayers saw the 21 – gun salute, then the hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead, Guyana’s national flag.
This was followed by the reciting of the national pledge, led by a Queen’s College student, then the national anthem, and finally the “Song of the Republic” performed by the Guyana Police Force Band. The theme for this year’s 45th Republic Anniversary celebrations is “One People, One Culture, One celebration”.
Four-and-a-half decades ago, Guyana became a cooperative republic, cutting all governing ties with the British monarchy. [Extracted and modified from GINA]