Today has been labeled a seminal moment in the history of St.Kitts –Nevis as for the first time today Labour Day May 5th 2014 ALL major political parties in St.Kitts-Nevis payed homage to fallen Labour Movement Heroes.
In separate symbolic ceremonies the Team UNITY Opposition Alliance of PAM and PLP from St.Kitts and CCM from Nevis along with the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour and NRP Party Coalition all paid their respects to fallen Labour Movement Heroes .
Opposition TEAM UNITY People’s Labour Party (PLP) Leader, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, joined PLP Deputy Leader, the Hon. Sam Condor, People’s Action Movement (PAM) candidate, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd represented their Opposition Alliance Colleagues the Concerned Citizens Movement. They were joined former Minister of Government and Leader of Operation Rescue, Dwyer Astaphan, and other members of Team Unity, to lay wreaths on the graves of the Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, First National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir C.A. Paul Southwell, National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Joseph N. France, National Hero, Sir Lee L. Moore, E. St. John Payne, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant and Joseph O’Flaherty.
The members of TEAM UNITY sang hymns of praise, prayed and recounted the important contributions that these stalwarts of the labour movement played in the social, economic and political transformation of this country. They spoke of the challenges our people endured during the days of colonization and the sacrifices made and risks taken by fearless men of pride and principle who stood at the vanguard of the fight for social, political and economic reform at a time when it was not popular or beneficial to do so.
Similar ceremonies were held by the ruling St.Kitts-Nevis Labour PARTY who themselves layed wreaths at the graves of the fallen heroes. The Labour Party was represented by Party Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas along with Candidates Konris Maynard, Dr. Vance Gilbert and Ministers Hon. Richard Skerrit, Hon. Glen “Ghost” Phillip, Hon. Marcella Liburd and former Minister Hon. Cedric Liburd. Members of the families of Sir Joseph Nathaniel France were also present .
Observers have labeled this a seminal moment in the history of St.Kitts-Nevis Politics as it signals the ever present and ongoing change in the political landscape and culture towards a less divisive and much more unifying brand of politics in the federation with the emergence of the alliance known as Team UNITY.