Tenth Day of September Celebrations in San Ignacio Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The 220th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye was celebrated at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio on Monday afternoon. These full ceremonies were held under master of ceremonies Alberto August.

At the initiation of the ceremonies, Mayor Earl Trapp reviewed the Guard of Honor taken from the Second Infantry Battalion stationed at Camp Belizario. Hon. Rene Montero, Representative for the Cayo Central Division, was also present to witness the ceremonies.

In his keynote address, Mayor Earl Trapp also reviewed on why St. George’s Caye Day is being celebrated. “…each year we reiterate this most significant battle between our forefathers and the Spaniards to protect our heritage when on June first 1797 a question was posed to the Baymen whether they will abscond or defend the settlement and the vote resulted in consensus that they would defend the settlement. Thus; it was the Baymen, 400 in number, [who] were able to skillfully turn back the Spaniards at St. George’s Caye on the Tenth of September 1798, we must forever be grateful for their stance to protect our land and in so doing today we are able to stand here.”

During these ceremonies, outgoing Queen of the West Alyssa Grant also passed on her crown to beautiful Queen of the West 2018-2019, Bayvin Aldana. In her speech on Monday, Bayvin Aldana reminded about the theme for this year’s September celebrations, which is ‘Belize Da Fi Wi, Now and Forever-8867. The young Queen told members of her family and friends gathered at the Falcon Field that we must all “come together in unity to make our Country a better place.” Aldana surmised in her introductory speech that “we have so many young people with so much potential.”

At the end of the official ceremonies, Alberto August reminded residents that on September 16th there will be a Children’s Talent Show starting at 6:00 p.m at the Cayo Welcome Center. He also invited all to the official 21st Day of September ceremonies to be held at the Santa Elena Sports Complex.

After the official ceremonies at the Falcon Field, residents walked with their leaders through the principal streets of the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and continued the celebrations at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex, where musicians were on standby to entertain the crowds.


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