(ZIZ News) – This Christmas, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas continued his tradition of serving lunch to the men and women of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force.
The annual Defence Force luncheon has been a staple on the Prime Minister’s calendar for several years.
Commander of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Wallace, used the opportunity to thank his soldiers for their dedication.
He said, “If you are not with us and behind us, then we cannot succeed. So all the accomplishments of the Force are due to you, not to us, but to you. So we are serving you in the same spirit to show that you are greater indeed than us and once again we thank you for your support.”
In his presentation, Prime Minister Douglas said he looks forward to this event every year.
“I always look forward to this time of year to share this moment with you as we celebrate the joy of Christmas, a time of peace, goodwill and sharing, a time of merriment and appreciation. It is one time of the year when I do not demand of you service but I serve you instead,” Dr. Douglas said, adding that there is lot for Kittitians and Nevisians to be proud of, particularly in crime prevention.
“Let us give thanks for the cooperation between the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force High Command and that of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force so that today we can boast of lowering the crime rate here in our Federation. Let us give God thanks,” he said.
Also present at the annual Defence Force luncheon were the Permanent Secretary in the Anti-Crime Unit, H.E. Ambassador Astona Browne, and Commissioner of Police, Dr. Celvin G. Walwyn.