The church service is being organized by the Embassy of Jamaica. This will be the first time the special event – which traditionally brings together Jamaicans from the DMV area and beyond, to mark the Jamaican independence milestone – is going virtual. This change is in keeping with restrictions on in-person gatherings stemming from the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.
Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, describes this year’s theme, “Resilient and Strong: Let’s celebrate Jamaica 58,” for the observance of independence as therefore quite opportune.
“Birthed out of centuries of struggle, our nation has long been accustomed to adversity. The ongoing challenges are therefore no match for the strength and strong resolve of the Jamaican people. I am confident that we will not only survive this ordeal, but we will also thrive, despite the enormous obstacles we confront.”
The Washington, D.C., Service of Thanksgiving will feature pre-recorded Independence messages from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister the Most Honourable Andrew Holness. Ambassador Marks will give the welcome address.
The featured sermon will be delivered by Chaplain of the United States Senate, Rear Admiral Barry (Ret.), with Dr. Bertram Melbourne, Biblical Language Literature Professor of Howard University School of Divinity, serving as moderator for the service.
Musical selections will be rendered by Performing Artistes Under the Lord (PAUL), Chevelle Franklyn, and a group of professional drummers.
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