Government has mounted a plaque in front of the Central Administration Complex in Road Town to commemorate last year’s cataclysmic passing of Hurricane Irma.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and Governor Augustus Jaspert unveiled the public ornament on Thursday, September 6, during the one-year anniversary recognition service of the hurricane.
It was dedicated to the memory of the four who perished during Irma as well as to the survivors, donors, and volunteers who contributed to the rebuilding of the territory.
Only a temporary plaque was mounted but that is soon to be replaced with a permanent bronze one.
Don’t get complacent
As persons gathered Thursday to recognise the havoc Irma wreaked and the progress the territory has had over the last year, Governor Augustus Jaspert has warned leaders and residents not to become complacent in continuing restoration efforts.
Jaspert said despite having accomplished a lot since the hurricanes ravaged the territory, the journey to rebuild is far from finished.
“As we recognize and celebrate how far we have come, today is also a day to rejuvenate ourselves to continue our recovery,” he said during a thanksgiving, reflection and restoration service.
“There is still a lot to do. We worked hard to come up with temporary solutions to get homes, businesses and services up and running again. These were vital and commendable and allowed us to function again. However, we need to guard against complacency, we must not allow temporary solutions to become permanent. We must not get used to this state.”
Now one year after Hurricane Irma, Governor Jaspert said it is a time to look at things with ‘fresh eyes’ and endeavour to get everything to a condition that residents can be truly proud of.
“Today (September 6) is a time of remembering and reflecting of what we lost, of what we went through, of individual and shared memories but it is also a moment to look forward. We need to keep focused on recovery as we were this time last year and this is not government alone. Every individual and every community should help take action to restore our territory, to clear up and to support each other.”
We are still in hurricane season, be prepared
Governor Jaspert also called on all to take the necessary steps towards hurricane preparations and not to be caught off guard.
Premier Smith, who delivered a brief speech at the function, urged persons to remain focused on the task of rebuilding.
“It is my belief that if we stay focused on that common purpose we can achieve great things,” he said.
He reminded residents that “the road ahead will not be easy and there will be setbacks, there will be challenges along the way … but the BVI will blossom again”.
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