My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Mayor Manny Diaz joined Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones of District 5, City of Miami Commissioners, City Manager Pete Hernandez, Chief John Timoney, members of the Retired Police Benevolent Association, City of Miami Police Officers and neighboring residents on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, located at 1009 NW 5th Avenue.
I formally advise the House and the nation that the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, O.N., G.C.M.G., O.J., will retire from office on February 26th 2009. Sir Kenneth had advised me in July of last year of his desire, for health reasons, to demit office in October. He subsequently agreed to continue until February 2009. His request to proceed on retirement was conveyed to and has been approved by Her Majesty the Queen.