The Organization of American States (OAS) today incorporated a bust of former Bahamian Prime Minister and national hero Sir Lynden Pindling to the "Hall of Heroes" at its headquarters in Washington, DC, in a ceremony that was attended by senior Bahamian officials, including the Attorney General and Senator, Allison Maynard Gibson; the Consul General of The Bahamas in Washington, Paulette Zonicle, the Governor-General and wife of the late Sir Lynden Pindling, Dame Marguerite Pindling, the Director of the Sir Lynden Pindling Foundation and son of the former Prime Minister, Obafemi Pindling; the Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the OAS, Ambassador Elliston Rahming, the Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America, Eugene Newry, as well as OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez and representatives from other OAS member countries.
Ambassador Elliston Rahming recalled "the everlasting legacy that this great Caribbean son has left in the lives of the people a small island state like The Bahamas." He further commented on his contributions in the social and economic areas and in the independence of the country and recalled the role the former Prime Minister played in the liberation of the former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.
The OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez spoke about the life and heritage of Sir Lynden, highlighting his achievements and contributions in the educational, multilateral, economic, political and legal areas. ”During his lifetime, Sir Lynden, a political giant and visionary, left an indelible mark upon the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and our region,” he said and recalled that Pindling was the longest serving democratically-elected head of government in the hemisphere.
“We thank the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas for honoring our Organization with the placement of this bust in our Hall of Heroes. Here Sir Lynden will proudly stand among the other great luminaries and historical figures of our hemisphere” he added.