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Sep 11, 2018

220th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye Commemorated

One of the highlights of the September Tenth Ceremony at Memorial Park was the coronation of Belmopan’s Jenny Lee Cruz as the national Queen of the Bay. This year, the crowning went off without a hitch, following last year’s on stage debacle when the designate and a runner up were crowned as Queens of the Bay. The official ceremony was attended by government officials as well as members of the diplomatic corps and other guests. Both the Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber as well as Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner addressed the ceremony and shared different views on the occasion. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

On Monday September tenth, Belmopan’s Jenny Lee Cruz was officially crowned Belize’s Queen of the Bay during an uninterrupted St. George’s Caye ceremony held at Memorial Park in Belize City. This year Belizeans celebrated and commemorated the two hundred and twentieth anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber pointed out that the Battle of St. George’s Caye is one of the most important events in Belize’s History.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister

“After September tenth 1798, there is no record, my friends, of the Spanish coming back to say anything about our settlement of this land. It is also easy to see why the settlers of the time found it imperative to stay and defend such a settlement. Whether you find that what happened at St George’s Caye in 1798 was a battle of not, what is for certain is that there was a victory on that day that is worth every bit of the homage that we have paid and continue to those who decided to stay and defend.”

 

Faber went on to say that tenth day of September is a day which is celebrated and commemorated for the fact that our ancestors valiantly and successfully defended the jewel.

 

Patrick Faber

Simply put the Belizean settles shed their blood for us. We are here because they were here. All of us here today are the inheritors of Belize and we must continue to defend Belize as our ancestors did. If we have to do as they have done, shed our blood to defend Belize, we must be prepared to do it.”

 

While Faber focused on the historical events, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, in his speech, focused on the present day challenges Belizean’s face.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“As we look around, is this what our ancestors fought for? Is this the sum total of the Baymen’s legacy? How much longer can this beautiful jewel of ours continue to withstand us having chosen to exploit rather to nurture and cherish. Over the past weeks we have watched our nation’s streets run with blood and many of us cower in fear. Even there, some were not safe. My friends, my fellow Belizeans do not adjust our sails and if we continue down this path, where are we going to end up? Many are too happy to shout eight thousand eight hundred and sixty seven square miles as a badge of their patriotism, but will our children be able to proclaim the same?

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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