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The Government of the Virgin Islands in its festival message has encouraged persons to focus on the true meaning of the festivities and refrain from getting involved in any unlawful activities.
"We are encouraging everyone to let this time be a festive one and not a time for revenge nor fights, or crime. Our islands are known for serenity and tranquility so let us all play our part to keep these islands peaceful. Remember alcohol and driving do not mix. Remember, do not speed and be courteous to other drivers and pedestrians. Let us all support our Police as they ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike," Government stated in a festival message issued on August 3.
Further, the message stated, "In this annual event, we recall the blessings of emancipation and we remember with reverence the generations of our forefathers who lived, toiled and died without ever experiencing the sweet taste of freedom."
According to the message, it is a moment when everyone comes together and give thanks for the blessings that have been bestowed upon them and upon generations past.
"We give thanks for our freedom. We give thanks for our good fortunes and good health. And we give thanks for each other. Additionally, as we have in years past, we marked this occasion by joining together with family and friends and renew old bonds of community. For that is the heart of what festival is: a celebration of life. Not just our individual lives, but of the life of our people," the message stated.
The Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee along with the different subcommittees were given thumbs up for the work they have done.
"We would like to recognise the VI Festival and Fairs Committee for working tirelessly to take care all of the little details that go into this big production in Road Town, East End/Long Look and Carrot Bay."
Further, "Government continues to recognise and appreciate the contributions of all residents to the development of the BVI. We encourage everyone, BVIslanders, non-BVIslanders, and visitors to come on out and together let us all enjoy the Festival activities and events... We pray God´s protective Hand upon us as we join in "Bringing Back Our Cultural Past, Let´s Celebrate BVI Festival With Class!"