“This nation is ours,” said Skerrit in his message. “We are building it for our children, for their children and for the generation after them. We are building the nation of Dominica to carve out our place in history and make our mark on the world.
“As we commence the journey to 42, it is my hope and prayer that we will so vigorously engage in this building effort, that history will record that here is a nation of strong, proud, resilient people who withstood the worst; who feared only God; whose strength of character and excellence of conduct so made us stand out, that the name of Dominica comes to be revered and God himself looks on with a smile and says, ‘here is the nation and the people whom I love and I will bless the land and the people forever.”
Dominica is celebrating this year under the theme “Saluting Resilience and Rejuvenation … Two Years on”. The nation has been recovering from the widespread devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Maria in Sept. 2017. Before Maria, Dominica was also impacted by Tropical Storm Matthew in 2016 and Erika in 2015.