HM The Queen's Message to Montserrat

queenLITTLE BAY – The following is the text of the message from HM The Queen delivered by HE The Acting Governor Alric Taylor on 12 July 2015 at the National Service of Observance and Restoration.
“This week the people of Montserrat and Montserratians in other parts of the world are pausing to reflect on the events of the last twenty years since the start of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano on 18 July 1995.
“I remember well hearing about the devastation that the volcano caused and its impact on the lives of everyone living in Montserrat. I recall from my visit to Montserrat in 1966 the beauty of the island and its capital, Plymouth, and was much saddened to hear of Plymouth’s destruction. In the years that followed I heard about the resilience of the community and
the determination to re-build lives, properties and businesses in the safe part of the island. I know that this determination and resilience continue today.
“As you mark this important date in Montserrat’s history, I hope you can look forward with optimism while marking the events of the past. I send my warmest good wishes to the people of Montserrat for a successful and peaceful future.”

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  1. I remember vividly exactly where I was when I first heard the news of the Soufriere Hills Volcano coming to life! Incredible as it may seem, twenty years have gone by and it still seems like yesterday. I am teary as I write this little note, not so much for the physical things lost but for the relationships lost. Montserrat is a truly special place and Montserratians are a resilient people. It is gratifying to hear of the Montserratians who, in spite of the challenges have gone abroad and are making their mark. Let us keep the determination to strive always to do the best we can!

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