Waterside wreaths in memory of those lost; One Year since Hurricane Dorian for Abaco
#Abaco, The Bahamas – September 1, 2020 — They floated almost angelically; the beautiful blossoms tossed onto the waters buffeting the shores of Great Abaco. Beneath the clear ocean which carried wreaths away from the still battered wooden dock and the people who lined the shore, is evidence that something horrible happened here.
The broken, barnacle-covered debris beneath, and flowers floating above created a dramatic image – eerily symbolic of the gravity of the moment.
What Abaco had endured, what the islanders have overcome and what was painfully wrenched from the people on September 1, 2019 when Hurricane Dorian hit.
Wreaths were today given to the very same waters which have taken so much… still it is where countless loved ones spent their final minutes fighting for their lives and where those left to mourn found it most fitting to say a more formal farewell.
A solemn ceremony was held at Friendship Tabernacle in Marsh Harbour on this September morning; with dignitaries including local government officials, Members of Parliament and Hon Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs who represented the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, all attending.
Messages to the diverse attendees, according to prominent media businessman, pastor and community leader, Silbert Mills were: “Uplifting, encouraging, inspiring…”
Rev. Mills shared, Abaconians were mindful of COVID-19 social distancing protocols as they filed into the church; and he was pleased with the unity and comforting tone of the service… some were quiet, he said, others sobbed and yet more were thankful, somehow.
It has been one year since Hurricane Dorian brought harrowing conditions which led to a still untallied death toll.
“We still do not know how many of our Haitian brothers and sisters were lost in the hurricane,” explained Rev. Mills in our phone interview earlier today.
The Royal Bahamas Police and Royal Bahamas Defence Forces brought nobility to the thanksgiving service; participating most memorably in the finale wreath laying ceremony held at the water’s edge.
The island’s capital, Marsh Harbour was crushed under the weight and devoured in the fierceness of Hurricane Dorian – strongest Atlantic Hurricane in modern history, which sat for three days over Abaco and Grand Bahama in the northern Bahamas.
Today, power is restored, internet services are available, reconstruction is underway and temporary housing is embraced.
“Oh the dome homes are complete and fully occupied; in fact new dome homes are being built on properties as people work to repair what was structurally lost,” updated Rev. Mills.
There is dignity.
As wreaths were laid; the quiet singing of a well-worn gospel hymn of perseverance.
“…Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”
Residents are at 5 p.m. called to line the shores from Marsh Harbour to Murphy Town for a drone fly-by in memory of Abaco’s darkest day.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
Soca Warriors crush Bahamas at home
By Rashaed Esson
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.
The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).
Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.
Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.
Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches. Next match for the Soca Warriors is against Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day. The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.
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