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Sep 11, 2014

A Look at the 10th of September

The Tenth of September was celebrated countrywide on Wednesday, but is the parade a thing of the past.  The date commemorates the Battle of St. George’s Caye which was held on September tenth, 1798.  In Belize City, formal activities were held at the Memorial Park where Governor General Sir Colville Young, as well as other dignitaries, was in attendance.  The brief ceremony was followed by a parade through the principal streets of the Old Capital which failed to attract crowds. This year, the parade was shorter than it has been in the past.  Among the guest speakers at the official ceremony was Mayor Darrell Bradley.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

“As we gather here today, two hundred and sixteen years later, it is only fitting that we first recognize that true freedom comes not from the efforts of men but from the hand of God.  So on this, the two hundred and sixteenth anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, we thank God for his providence that we are able to live in a land that has endured so many years in peace and prosperity.  It is also fitting that we recognize that freedom is never given, freedom is earned through sweat and sacrifice.  Ours is a freedom that has been earned through a generation of men and women, slaved and freed, who embrace their moment in history with courage and conviction and who stepped forward into an uncertain future driven only by their principles and by their abiding faith in the destiny of our Belizean nation.  Today, as we gather, similar to the countless times that we have gathered before, it is also fitting that we should pause to reflect on why we are assembled here.  What is it about the Battle of St. George’s Caye that is worthy of celebrating?  Is it the fact that few stood against many, that a group of untrained, poorly armed woodcutters seeking to be free stood against a mighty empire or that freedom prevailed against oppression.  Is it that the Baymen were united in their resolve to fight for their homeland.”

 

By all accounts, the turnout was relatively anemic this year than in previous years.

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