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60 Years Old and Still Growing

by Normajo
(Ocho Rios,Jamaica)

Jamaica Independence Article/ Story Contest - Entry #01 - 60 Years Old and Still Growing

After more than 300 years of British colonial rule Jamaica gained its INDEPENDENCE on the 6th August 1962.

We now had our own black, gold and green national Jamaican flag. Black is for the strength of the Jamaican people. Gold the sunlight and wealth of the country and green is for our agricultural resources and HOPE for the country.

Our National anthem says it all...Jamaica Land we Love.
We are truly a diverse group of people we have Jamaicans of all shades because our Jamaican MOTTO says "out of many one"."

It has been over thirty five years since I left Jamaica. As a travel agent I was always able to make many trips back home to Jamaica, but now I am retired and I feel so blessed to be able to come home to live on my little rock (compared to the large country live in before retiring).

I may have had free medical services (no I did not live in Canada). But where else can I eat mouthwatering oxtails, fresh coconut water and plantain tarts. I have to mention my favorite Jamaican alcoholic beverage Sangster's Rum Cream!

Besides the delicious food, most Jamaicans are warm hearted, God fearing good Christians who know how to enjoy life. Just look at all the different festivals we have. Our Christmas holidays have already started by Christmas Eve and they continue through until New Year's Day.

We have many beautiful beaches, soft white sands and warm blue Caribbean sea to swim in.
Upon my return here to Jamaica I am fascinated by the culture shown and the variety of our local television programs. I am always learning something new about Jamaica when I turn on the television.

There are only two aspects of living in Jamaica that worry me. First, it is the immunity many Jamaicans seem to have acquired towards crime and the fact that too many Jamaicans have no faith in either political party so they do not vote.

There is a saying it goes something like this, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over AND expecting change." This is our beloved Jamaica do not give up, do not be passive.

Each and every vote counts so help make the change you want for our beautiful island of JAMAICA - now celebrating 60 years of INDEPENDENCE!


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