**FILE** A security guard lowers the Bahamian flag at Fort Charlotte on December 19, 2013 in Nassau, Bahamas. The fort is one of several that remain from the British colonial era. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
**FILE** A security guard lowers the Bahamian flag at Fort Charlotte on December 19, 2013 in Nassau, Bahamas. The fort is one of several that remain from the British colonial era. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) congratulated the government and people of the Bahamas on the country’s 47th Anniversary of Independence on July 10.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, also extended best wishes for the country’s continued growth and advancement.

“The theme of this year’s festivities, ‘Pressing Onward: A Time of Hope, Triumph and Transformation,’ is a unifying call for Bahamians in this exceptional period of challenges, to reflect on the successes of the past while using the lessons learned to chart a path to greater success for the country in the coming years,” LaRocque said.

As a result of restrictive measures put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s anniversary was not celebrated with the usual pomp and pageantry of past Independence Day celebrations; instead, a four-hour, made-for-television virtual program was aired live from the studios of ZNS-TV in both New Providence and Grand Bahama.

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