SOMERSET, NJ - The Middlesex County Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey will mark the country's 55th anniversary of independence with a Flag Raising ceremony at Franklin Township' municipal complex, August 18, at 5 p.m. 

"In its 55 years as an independent country, Jamaicans worldwide have made tremendous contributions in every area of our society, whether it be sports, education, music, medicine or religion," Debra Simms, president of the Essex County Chapter of JON-J said. "These remarkable achievements must indeed be recognized and celebrated.  As a nation, we have always strived for excellence and the strength and resilience of Jamaicans are rooted in our rich culture and history,” said Debra Simms, president of the Essex County Chapter of Jamaica Organization of NJ." 

The event is to commemorate Jamaica's independence from Great Britain and will be one of many ceremonies throughout the state. 

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The following towns will hold events in the coming weeks - Plainfield’s City Hall, 2:00 p.m. on July 29, Trenton's City Hall, 1:00 p.m. on August 4, Paterson's City Hall, 4:00 p.m. on August 4, and East Orange’s City Hall, 5:00 p.m. on August 11.

For more information on the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey or the independence celebration events, please call 732.305.0224.

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