BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Official activities for St. Kitts and Nevis’ 35th Anniversary of Independence will intensify in September as the celebration continues under the theme “Love, Service, Patriotism and Pride, Independence 35.”

At his monthly Aug. 30 press conference, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris cited the extended calendar of events and the wave of national spirit that grips the twin-island Federation as Independence Day is commemorated on Sept. 19. He strongly encouraged residents to participate fully in as many activities as possible, noting that “there is an event for everyone.”

“For my part, I look forward to the Sept. 12 start of the Prime Minister’s Independence Lecture Series; the Sept. 17 unveiling of statues at the National Heroes Park; and the traditional Sept. 19 Independence Day Parade,” Dr. Harris said. This parade will be the largest and the best to date.”

Many religious events are scheduled to take place, including a Sept. 3 National Day of Prayer and Fasting and the Sept. 16 Independence State Service at St. George’s Anglican Church.

“As we celebrate our 35th Anniversary of Independence, let us as a people reflect on our journey. Let us celebrate the accomplishments we secured along the way. Our path to Independence and our journey since that historic moment have been filled with challenges but crowned with triumphs,” said the prime minister. He called for residents to “love each other like never before” adding that the promotion of good values is important.”

Prime Minister Harris noted that the country’s motto: “Country Above Self” resonates with the members of his Cabinet, as they diligently work to improve the lives of citizens and residents.

“I believe this is what we need throughout our communities – greater unity, and more love,” he stated. “We need more teamwork, greater cohesion, more love, more cooperation, more respect, a commitment to truth and right. Even more importantly, we need a greater commitment to our Heavenly Father. Fellow citizens and residents, if we increase and reinforce our commitment to securing these elements our nation would be an even better place.”

Dr Harris continued: “I therefore look forward to the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Independence with great joy, with unwavering patriotism and commitment to service, and with deeply entrenched love and pride for our beloved country.”

The full programme of activities can be accessed in the photo section of the SKNIS Facebook Page.