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Sep 12, 2022

September Tenth Ceremony held at House of Culture

A ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye was held on Saturday morning here in Belize City. Despite the rainy weather, government officials and other invited guests poured in to the House of Culture for the event which included the crowning of the seventy-seventh Queen of the Bay.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The two hundred and twenty-fourth anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye was celebrated on Saturday with an official ceremony at the House of Culture in Belize City.  In attendance were Prime Minister John Briceño, Opposition Leader Shyne Barrow, and Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, among other dignitaries and invited guests.  Among the guest speakers at the observance was Minister of Culture Francis Fonseca, Chair of the National Celebrations Commission.

 

Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, Chair, National Celebrations Commission

“Belize’s society is a beautifully, intricately woven tapestry of cultural diversity.  We must work to protect and preserve that history and culture where it is worthy of protection and preservation.  This means that we must be willing to question and challenge cultural and historic norms which have been passed on to us by colonizers.  In the words of Fanon, “imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land and from our mind as well.”

 

This year’s Tenth of September celebration came at a time when Belizeans are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fact that many from across the country are participating in the scheduled events is proof that Belizeans are a resilient lot.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City

“Seeing life being restored to national pageants, festivals, carnivals and the many instances of people saying, “Wi deh outside” is nothing short of a blessing.  The worst is now behind us and we are free to exploit a chance to build better days ahead.  Moved by our new mantra, “Valiant and bold, united and strong, Belize rebounds at forty-one.”  When we examine the pages of our history, there’s a common theme throughout, Belize rebounds, Belize rebounds, Belize rebounds.  From attempted invasions and economic turmoil to devastating hurricanes and bloody tragedies, Belize rebounds time and time and time again.”

 

Beyond our hardiness as a people, we are also being challenged to look inward to find what it is that defines who we are as Belizeans.

 

Francis Fonseca

“On days like today, we must be willing to ask ourselves: Who are we as a people?  What is our purpose as a nation?  When will we truly rid ourselves of the shackles of oppression and colonialism.  Where are we headed?  And how can we all come together, despite any social, economic, political and cultural divisions to create a Belize where hope and opportunity abound.”

 

The outdoor ceremony, notwithstanding inclement weather on Saturday morning, would not be complete without the crowning of a new Queen of the Bay.  The coronation of Maslin Hanson as the seventy-seventh Queen of the Bay was a highlight of the event.

 

Shawn Saldano

Shawn Saldano, Read the Proclamation

“Do we, by common consent, declare, pronounce and proclaim Ms. Maslin Hansen the seventy-seventh Queen of the Bay, crowned in the presence of all here gathered and at home and abroad?”

 

Isani Cayetano for News Five.


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