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Screen_Shot_2014-09-23_at_8.33.27_PMBelizeans all over the country were celebrating Belize’s 33rd birthday on Sunday. National ceremonies were held in Belmopan City where all diplomats gathered to commemorate our Independence and in a few we will bring you the speeches of both the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister of Belize who we must note promised a reduction in electricity rates for the year 2015. But first we bring you the coverage of the 21st ceremony here in Orange Walk where our local political dignitaries addressed the town. The official ceremony got underway with the arrival of political leaders followed by the inspection of the guard conducted by the Honorable John Briceno.

Unlike the 10th of September, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable Gaspar Vega, accompanied by a few of his supporters, made an appearance at the ceremony.

We start off with the speech delivered by Mayor Kevin Bernard who spoke about the importance of unity and questioned if indeed Belizeans are free from slavery.

Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk Town

“I have always been one to say that Independence is for all of us and should not be bared by political division or any kind of division for that matter, I echo that message here today and ask you all and anybody listening to remember that first and foremost we are Belizeans. Today we are free from colonial vines, free from any reel and valid territorial claim, the flag we fly is our own and we can stand proudly beneath it as it flies, we pledge allegiance to no land but our own. Today ,my friends is a good day, it is a brand new day and an opportunity to stand together against all that holds us down and divide us apart, let us commit to just that to fight political enslavement and economic enslavement, criminal enslavement as we celebrate the 33rd birthday of our beautiful Belize, let us work to break the ties that binds us, we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our nation, happy birthday Belize, long live Belize, Que viva Belize.”

And then it was time for Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega to address the crowd. But to no one’s surprise his speech had nothing to do with Independence. He beat his chest throughout his address as he outlined his government’s accomplishments. And to put the icing on the cake he once again promised to convert the Orange Walk People Stadium into a state of the art sporting complex.

That’s the same promise that he made last year during his Independence Day speech. Here is an excerpt of the DPM’s speech last year and the one for this year.

Last year speech followed by this year’s speech

“Through the Belize Infrastructure Limited our town will benefit from an additional 5 million dollars that will be used to develop a master plan that will see the transformation of the People’s Stadium, this project will commence in early 2015 under this administration Orange will finally have a state of the art sports complex for the enjoyment of the young and old alike.”

Of course the DMP sweetened the pot with more promises but we will bring those for you in tomorrow’s newscast.

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