WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) – The Embassy of Grenada will ring in Grenada’s 46th Independence Day at the historic Hall of the Americas in partnership with the Organization of American States (OAS) February 7, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Special guests include Grenada Ambassador to the U.S., Her Excellency Yolande Smith, who will deliver the night’s keynote, the Diplomatic Corps, and Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell, who will deliver a video address to the Grenadian Diaspora. This year’s theme: Preparing for the Future Through Empowerment, Growth, and Long-Term Sustainable Development.
Ambassador Smith told Florida National News in a recent phone interview that this reception helps the National and Friends of Grenada, the Embassy’s network for the Grenadian Diaspora and supporters, living in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area join the island nation in celebrating its independence. Some 150-200 guests are expected to attend.
The reception will feature live local entertainment and update attendees on what’s happening in Grenada and on investment opportunities both there and in U.S. “It’s going to be a packed two hours,” Ambassador Smith remarked with a laugh.
This is just the first of three Grenada Independence Day events happening in the DMV area. Grenadian United in Virginia will host its Independence Gala Saturday, February 8 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. in Virginia Beach, and the Grenada Cultural and Social Association will hosts its annual Independence Dinner Dance in Greenbelt, Maryland. And that’s just here in the U.S. According to Ambassador Smith, celebrations began in Grenada from the second week of January.
Grenada boasts the Made in Grenada Expo, in which national manufacturers showcase their latest wares, followed by the resplendent Grenada Independence Parade, held at the Grenada National Stadium, bursting with vibrant colors–from the national flag to the uniforms of the royal branches of the Grenada Police Force. The parade streams live on the Government Information Service (GIS) for Grenadians, and viewers around the world, to witness the celebration. “It’s the highlight of Independence Day,” said Ambassador Smith. “I live for that. No matter where I am, I tune in.”
Ambassador Smith encourages anyone in the Grenadian Diaspora to join the National and Friends of Grenada network here. Anyone in the National and Friends of Grenada network interested in attending the Embassy’s Independence Day Reception must RSVP to email@example.com no later than Monday, February 3, 2020.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org