The Bottom, Saba- Sabans, together with invited guests from the other islands, turned up in large numbers to celebrate Saba Day in The Bottom on Friday, December 6. The 44th Saba Day ceremony featured messages by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Commissioners Rolando Wilson and Bruce Zagers, and several performances.
The official part of the program started with the blessing of Father Zibi and Pastor Alexander, followed by the hoisting of the Saba Flag by Island Governor Johnson and students of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS), and the singing of both the Saba Anthem and the Saba Flag Song.
The speakers dwelled on this year’s theme of Saba Day, “Building the Roads to the Future,” in their speeches. “Saba and Sabans have come a long way. It is imperative that we don’t become complacent. The Caribbean islands will face the effects and are facing the effects of climate change. It is our duty to build the road to the future which takes development and conservation both into account,” said Jonathan Johnson.
Commissioner Wilson said it was important to safeguard, treasure and respect the road to the future. If not, the great changes will leave us wondering who we are and where we are going as a people. He said the road that Saba and its people have been journeying on has not always been easy, but that despite the many hardships, good things were also achieved in areas like education, social domain, health care, housing, agriculture and nature.