Observe 10-10-10, Minister Jacobs urges

POSTED: 10/4/12 12:44 PM

St. Maarten – Next Wednesday, October 10 will not be a public holiday for the celebration of the country’s second anniversary but can still be observed by citizens in an informal manner.
Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs made this announcement yesterday while outlining the government’s plan to host a series of mini events on observance of the day which saw the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles, the previous constellation under which St.Maarten sat.
“I think is a day when we can start to show our colors with the St.Maarten flags. We encourage the citizenry as well as the schools to do as much as they can within their jobs, on their buildings or homes. Fly the St.Maarten flag because this is the second anniversary of our special status as a country within the Kingdom,” the minister urged.
She said that one of the goals of the Council of Ministers is to make the day a holiday.
“We will be going further with our preparations to get the day to be a holiday in the near future. I cannot say for next year specifically because of the length of time it takes to make these things come to fruition.”
This year’s observance will commence with an ecumenical service at the SS Simon and Jude Anglican Church on Back Street from 8:30 am. This will be followed by a special session of Parliament.
At 6:00 pm on Wednesday night, the Clem Labega Square will come alive with a cultural extravaganza where students in particular will be allowed to participate.
“Take time within that day to pay attention to have a small ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of that special day,” the minister urged private and public school boards.
On October 10, 2010, the Netherlands granted St.Maarten status aparti to become a constituent country within the Dutch Kingdom. It paved the way for a new governing structure, less dependency on the Dutch for financial assistance and more autonomy.

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