St. Lucia was granted independence status in the year 1979. Since then, up to last year, and 2015, the Independence Day military parade has been held in Castries.
I am saying, for 36 years now, it is only the people who live in Castries and its environs, who have witnessed live, the military parade year in, year out.
I am strongly advocating that next year, 2016, that the Independence Day military parade be held in Vieux-Fort for a change! I have heard countless people from the south wishing they could have gone to Castries to watch it live. Every year, over and over again, they see it on TV. They want to see it and experience the true feeling of Independence. I am of the view that the true essence of Independence Day is the military parade, hence the reason why I am firmly of the belief that it should be held in Vieux-Fort next year.
The newly refurbished Phillip Marcellin Grounds can do just that. Mr. Prime Minister, I implore you to have the Independence Day Committee consider Vieux-Fort in their deliberations. Please allow the people in the south, east and west, an opportunity to witness this spectacular event for the very first time live.
Over to you Mr. Prime Minister!