ORANGE, NJ - Jamaica's flag will fly high in New Jersey when native islanders mark the country's 52nd anniversary of independence at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Orange Public Library, 348 Main Street, Orange, N.J.
Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. and the Municipal Council will serve as co-hosts along with the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JON-J). Mayor Warren stated, "Keeping in the theme of celebrating Caribbean pride and culture, we are honored to be the host city for this event. We recognize our Caribbean family in Orange and we are proud to stand beside our Jamaican community and celebrate this day of independence commemorating Jamaica's independence from Great Britain."
This year's theme is "This Is Jamaica, My Jamaica, Growing in Body Mind and Soul."
"We are expecting representatives from the Jamaican Consulate in New York as well as state and local officials to attend the events," said the Rev. Dr. Alfred Johnson, president emeritus of JON-J. "Though we now call New Jersey and the United States home, millions of Jamaican-Americans gather each August to mark our country's independence from Great Britain. This will be another year of celebrating our sovereignty. We are continuing as a people of the Diaspora, depending upon God to be responsible citizens, not just here in America, but also recommitting ourselves in the building of Jamaica 'the rock from which we were hewn.'"
For information and updates on this event and other activities in Orange please visit the city online at www.ci.orange.nj.us - and like them on Facebook:www.facebook.com/orange.jersey
For more information about JON-J or the independence celebration events, call (848) 228-2976.