Thanksgiving, reflection mark Guyana’s
50th Jubilee Republic Anniversary
By Tangerine Clarke
The multicultural heritage of
Guyanese came alive in the NYC
H+H/Queens Hospital Auditorium,
to celebrate ‘One People,
One Nation, with One Destiny,’
in commemorate of the nation’s
50th Jubilee Republic Anniversary
- An Evening of Reflection
The thread of Guyana
Together – Reflect, Celebrate,
Transform, on Sunday, Feb. 16,
ran through the patriotic production
and filled hearts with
nostalgia, during a memorable
event that opened with a flag
procession led by the Guyanese
Association of Law Enforcement.
Consul General of Guyana,
Barbara Atherly, acknowledged
that it was Guyana’s time to celebrate,
as it looks forward to a
brighter future. She praised the
country’s unique culture and
religious community, which she
said is sincerely respected.
Atherly urged Guyanese to
find personal inspiration in the
evening’s messages and reminded
them of the work their forefathers
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had done to mould Guyana,
into what it is today.
The multiethnic prayers by
Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Rastafarian,
Spiritual and Indigenous
Guyana’s richness, when they
commemorated, the Republic
that came into being on Feb.
Guyana’s Ambassador to the
U.S. Riyad Insanally, Chair of
the Organization of the American
States (OAS), felt honored
and privileged to celebrate Guyana’s
50th Republic Anniversary.
He reflected of how far the
country had come as a Republic,
and applauded Guyana for
its achievement in becoming a
petroleum rich state, reminding
nationals of the eight billion or
equivalent barrels of oil discovery
at the boundary off shore
Guyana, and the many other
discoveries, that will amount to
120,000 barrels per day by the
The 30-year career diplomat
An audience enjoys a performance during an Evening of Refl ection and Thanksgiving to
honor Guyana’s Jubilee Republic Anniversary, in NYC H+H Queens Hospital Auditorium.
From left: Hindu Pandit Naro Bali and Pandita Davi Lakhnauth, Claire Patterson-Monah, Dr.
Cheryl Ault-Barker, Ambassador Riyad Insanally, Consul General of Guyana to New York,
Barbara Atherly, Consul General of Barbados to New York, Oral Holder.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke
congratulated Guyana by saying,
“Let us celebrate and see how
we could successfully transform
our dear land of Guyana.”
Oral Holder, consul general of
Barbados to New York, and chair
of CARICOM Consular Corps,
called Guyana’s milestone a
magnificent achievement, and
stated that the nations is the
most diverse in the region, adding,
heritage is a beacon that imbues
its people with respect, dignity
and proud identity.”
“Guyanese will continue to
be a cohesive people in the
region, onward and upward,”
he cheered, adding, “when
Guyana does good, the region
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