Mayor Eric L. Adams, against a thrilling backdrop of steelpan music and carnival rejoicing, raised the red, white, and black flag in Bowling Green in New York City and proclaimed August 31, 2022, Trinidad Heritage Day. and Tobago in New York City on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Republic’s independence.
Adams spoke of the significance of the Diamond Jubilee anniversary and his mission for the city with the inclusion of the immigrant population, and pledged, “By the time I complete my run for the town hall, you will not only see bands of steel in our school, but you will also see people who understand that communities and places of government impact people’s lives.
“No one personifies this more than the Trinidadian community. You have to be on the ground to really analyze and understand the full engagement of the Caribbean Diaspora and immigrant groups around the world, said the politician who thanked host Hazra Ali for her contribution to the community.
He applauded the Nationals for their outstanding contributions to New York and America, thanking the Trinidadian Nurses Association, Barbados Nurses Association, for putting their lives on the line during the height of COVID. “You don’t take from America, you give to Americans.
“So when I hear people say they don’t understand wholeness and how much better we are as a country because of our immigrant population, they just don’t understand. And we all come from somewhere. New York is America’s city, and this Trinidadian population, the largest in America, is here, and kidding, we all know we’re going to walk the Parkway.
“But it’s more than that. It’s what you do every day, in education, healthcare, small business, mental health issues, law enforcement. You contribute so much to this city and this country.
“We are proud to be here today at the foot of our business district to raise this flag and lift your spirits. We are invincible. The beauty of our invincibility lies in the uniqueness of this country. It’s the only country in the world where you’re told not to abandon your homeland, to embrace your new land, Mayor Adams said, adding, “Where would we be if we didn’t have the diversity of cultures that all came together? to bring to life this unique experience of a humanist approach to living together. We learn from each other.
Mayor Adams, who donned a flag bandana gift from Attorney General J. Andre Laveau, before raising the American and Trinidadian flags, said.
“Today when we raise this flag we are raising this awareness and sending a message across the country that we are representatives of inclusivity, we are representative of being a city of immigrants in the lighthouse of freedom.”
“When I had to watch the first time in history of five female deputy mayors, I looked up and said, ‘If I want to have the best for the social services aspect of my administration, I must look to the Trinidadian community,” and I found the amazing Deputy Mayor Williams-Isom to be part of our team.
“We come together like Trinidad, we are made up of many small islands but we have big hearts. When I was in Trinidad and Tobago several years ago, I was blown away by the uniqueness, the friendship that carries the spirit of love of the people of Trinidad, said Mayor Adams, who showed his skills on the steelpan.
New York Consul General J. Andre Laveau, who joked that Mayor Adams had a thing for the steelpan, thanked the politician on behalf of all the hundreds of thousands of Trinidad and Tobago nationals, for having welcomed the Trinbagonians. “We don’t take this for granted. We wish Mayor Adams a long term.
Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Phillips-Spencer, in turn expressed his sincere thanks to Mayor Adams and “all of your municipal government and the Governor of New York, and the state government, at the name of all of us and the Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora Community, our largest assembly of Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora citizens anywhere in the world, including those of us across the United United.
“Our deepest gratitude for this wonderful welcome, this historic opportunity for us to have a mayor here with us to witness our flag-raising ceremony on what is a milestone and momentous anniversary of the Diamond Jubilee of our independence.During our 60-year journey, many of our citizens have realized their aspirations and achievements right here in New York, said Spencer who recognized national hero, Lord Nelson, in the audience.
Commissioner Manuel Castro, Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs, and Commissioner Edward Mermelstein, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, delivered remarks, while congratulatory messages came from Bronx Borough President, Vanessa L. Gibson, Board Member Farah N. Louis, Arthur Piccolo, President of Hazra Ali the Bowling Green Association, President of Medgar Evers College, Dr. Patricia Ramsey, CG SVG, CG St. Lucia, Jeremiah Hyacinth, Reps of Sesame Flyers, Anne-Rhea Smith, WIADCA, Borough Vice President Diana Richardson were among others.
The auspicious occasion was celebrated with uplifting steepan music by Dale Gulston, a performance by singer Allison Addison and Indian choreography by Srijan Dance Center members Abha B. Roy, Brihanna Samaroo and Amanjeet Kour.