Students celebrate Independence in the US

Students after the Independence Service in Harlem. (Photo courtesy Norrell K Joseph)
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – More than 20 Antiguan and Barbudan students in the US celebrated the country’s 33rd anniversary of Independence at the official Thanksgiving Service held in New York on October 26.

United Nation’s Ambassador Designate, Dr Walton “Aubrey” Webson hosted the service at the Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem, New York, a release said.

The students, who are pursuing studies at a number of institutions of higher learning in New York, to include Monroe College, Mercy College and City College, are members of the recently founded Antigua & Barbuda Student Association USA Inc (ABSA-USA). They participated in various aspects of the service at the invitation of the New York Consulate.

Meanwhile, at least 35 nationals attending Monroe College were guests a “Meet and Greet” luncheon, on October 23, which was hosted by the college’s Executive Vice President, Marc Jerome. ABSA-USA’s directors Jerry Marshall and Rosannette Kirby and Diaspora Liaison Officer with the New York Consulate, Dr Dave Ray, were also present at the event.

The students are also expected to participate in the Independence State Gala hosted by Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his wife Maria, on November 15, in New Rochelle, New York.

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