My Fellow Sint Maarteners,
On this Emancipation Day eve, I am pleased to join you along with my wife Marie-Louise, to celebrate the observance of our Emancipation Day. We gather here on the sacred historic grounds of the former Diamond Plantation, in recognition of the significance of the 1848 Diamond 26 Run for Freedom in the emancipation struggle and triumph.
My fellow Sint Maarteners,
Ten years ago, in 2012 I had the distinct privilege to affix my signature to the National Ordinance that declared July 1st a National Public Holiday.
In my official address to mark the celebration ...