Resolution J1104-2013

Commemorating the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Guyana



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 47th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Guyana

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Guyana; and
  WHEREAS,  The people of this great State and nation and Guyana enjoy a
deep and abiding relationship rooted in kinship and culture; and
  WHEREAS, Independence Day is a significant public holiday  in  Guyana;
it is celebrated on May 26th every year and it is the day when the coun-
try  attained its independence in 1966 when British Dominion over Guyana
ended; and
  WHEREAS, The European voyagers discovered Guyana in 1498; as a result,
the history of the country dates back to over 500 years; its history  is
interrupted  by  combats wrestled and triumphed, through properties lost
and recovered since the French,  Spanish,  Dutch  and  British  settlers
battled for hundreds of years to occupy this territory; and
  WHEREAS,  The  British  Empire  ultimately was able to take control of
Guyana in 1814; the country attained its well-deserved independence from
the British rulers on May 26, 1966; and
  WHEREAS, In gaining her independence, Guyana  today  is  a  nation  of
750,000  people that is the only English-speaking nation in South Ameri-
ca; its citizens trace their roots across the Caribbean and India; and
  WHEREAS, The 47th Anniversary of  Guyana's  Independence  provides  an
opportunity  to recognize the significance of their contributions to the
quality and character of life, and, through events and  activities,  for
all people to gain a greater appreciation of Guyanese history and tradi-
tions,  and of the role Guyanese have played, and will continue to play,
in our society; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
recognize  such  events  of  significance  which foster ethnic pride and
exemplify the cultural diversity that  represents  and  strengthens  the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Guyana.


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