PM attends St. Louis Fete “It it takes a village to defend our culture”

POSTED: 05/25/12 2:12 PM

ST. LOUIS/RAMBAUD – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams celebrated the St. Louis Fete with the residents of Rambaud and St. Louis on Sunday. The event featured a formal program including a church service, speeches given by dignitaries of both St. Maarten and St. Martin and the releasing of pigeons. The Prime Minister, who has never missed the Fete in ten years, praised the determination of the people of the St. Louis/ Rambaud district. “Since the passing of YaYa, the initiator of this celebration, much of the event is held in her honor and the people of St. Louis, which has the traditional name of Freetown, have every year for the past 10 years celebrated this district’s past and future. Traditional village life is steeped in the belief that we are our brothers’ keepers, we cherish the wisdom of the elderly amongst us and place our hope for the future in the molding and nurturing of the younger generations. The old adage “it takes a village” is quite fitting in so many ways; to raise children, to solve disputes, to defend our culture etc”, the PM said. The official part of the celebration was closed off by the release of the pigeons by the President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson and Wescot-Williams.

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