Antiguans and Barbudans celebrated their country’s 42 years of Independence at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New York on Sunday.
The service was attended by many nationals, dressed in their national colors, who joined hands in prayer and song to give thanks for the opportunities and blessings their country has provided since Independence.
The service was officiated by an Antiguan and Barbudan clergy corps, and messages were delivered by the Prime Minister and the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The sermon was based on this year’s Independence theme, “Embracing the Legacy, Shaping the Future,” and emphasized the importance of maintaining faith and family values in building a better life and helping in the development of the nation.
The congregation was also informed about the upcoming 4th International Conference of Small Island States, which will establish a 10-year policy framework for action on issues affecting island nations.
The Antigua and Barbuda New York Office will be hosting the annual Independence Gala and Awards on November 18th, featuring the Original Burning Flames, and tickets can be reserved by calling the office.