The United States Embassy in Nassau held an early celebration of the 243rd independence of its home country yesterday.
The U.S. celebrates its independence on July 4th.
Dozens of prominent people, including Cabinet ministers, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling attended the event with U.S. Embassy officials at Albany resort.
“Our Independence Day is not only a celebration of our culture and history,” said U.S Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers, who brought opening remarks at the event.
“It is also a commemoration of our strength to democracy.”
Bowers spoke to the success of the partnership between the two countries’ law enforcement agencies and announced that the embassy has secured the funding to donate a fourth state-of-the-art coastal radar system to The Bahamas.
She also announced the reopening of the U.S Fulbright Program after over 20 years of absence, highlighting the continued strengthening of the relationship between The Bahamas and the U.S.
Minnis, who also brought brief remarks, touted the strength of the relationship between the two countries.
“Today, we once again celebrate the friendship and enduring bond between our two sovereign independent nations,” Minnis said.
“Our nations are linked by geography and a history that predates the independence of the American colonies.
“…This proximity has resulted in the exchange of people, ideas and commerce over many generations and centuries.”
Minnis noted that in addition to the physical proximity and the bonds of kinship, the countries also share a proximity of values as democratic states.
“I am pleased with the new impetus to foster greater economic co-operation between our nations,” he added.
“This includes the promotion of more U.S. private and public investment in The Bahamas, including infrastructure in our Family Islands.
“Our security co-operation continues to strengthen as we combat threats such as human, drug and gun trafficking, and other national security threats.”
The prime minister further expressed appreciation for the coastal radar systems donated by the Americans and extended greetings, and a happy independence, to the president and first lady of the U.S.
“I also thank Ms. Stephanie Bowers, chargé d’affaires, and her staff at the U.S. Embassy, for their ongoing work to foster good relations between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United States of America.
“May God bless our two nations.”
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications