February 8, 2000
GRENADAS INDEPENDENCE HIGHLIGHTED
AT RECEPTION HELD AT OAS IN WASHINGTON
Grenadas 26th anniversary of independence was celebrated in Washington at the Organization of American States (OAS) Monday evening, with Ambassador Denis Antoine highlighting the strides made since the island gained political independence from Britain.
"Grenada has done very well in only 26 years of independence in spite of the many constraints," declared Antoine, who is his countrys Permanent Representative to the OAS and Ambassador to the United States.
The OAS Secretary General, CÚsar Gaviria, joined Washington-area Grenadian nationals, OAS member country ambassadors and other special guests at a reception to celebrate the Spice Isles national day, which is February 7.
Special presentations were made during the reception, to recognize three Washington-area Grenadians for their ongoing contribution to the islands development, through involvement among Grenadians here. The honorees were Donald Bridgeman, Clarence Passee and heart specialist Dr. Vernon Francis.
The reception also featured Grenadas tourism and various products, including the islands world-famous spices, in a display mounted to highlight aspects of the countrys economic development.