… as US celebrates 240th IndependenceThe Guyana Government joined the United States Embassy in Georgetown to celebrate the country’s 240thUS Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway pledges commitment to Guyana before a roomful of attendees in observance of the USA Independence Day. The packed-to-capacity reception ceremony was hosted at the Marriott Hotel Guyana (Marceano Narine photo)Independence Day, which was observed on July 4.Red, white and blue decorated the halls of one of the largest ballrooms of the Marriott Hotel Guyana to welcome the gargantuan crowd of esteemed guests who turned out in their brightest attire to take part in the celebrations.Delivering remarks at the reception, US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway reflected the advancements made between the two countries over the years.He noted that in 1966, the US turned over the lease of the Atkinson Airfield to the new country of Guyana. This airfield is now known as the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the country’s main international airport.He emphasised too that during 18 years of the worst economic times Guyana had seen, the United States provided significant assistance so there could be food in the country.Holloway outlined too that US President Jimmy Carter and others have participated in a number of national elections as observers, providing support and advice at key moments.He reflected on the efforts made in creating a better environment of equal rights for all people, including women, children and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.He also highlighted the tremendous support the US has provided to Guyana in terms of educational development, security, health, social issues, and environmental matters. The Ambassador noted that the two States have shared turbulent times, as he spoke of the unfortunate Jonestown massacre.Nonetheless, he noted that through the good times and the bad, the two countries will continue to work together for the betterment of all citizens.“You will agree when I say that even the best of relationships have their ups and downs. For 50 years we have been friends. I like to think that most of the time our interests have coincided and we have worked together, but like in all relationships, we have had our moments,” he stated.In closing, Ambassador Holloway toasted to a prosperous and inclusive Guyana that will be good for its population, the region and the USA.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, in delivering President David Granger’s remarks, underscored how grateful Guyana has been over the years for the assistance received from the USA in all areas of development.President Granger was otherwise engaged at the Caribbean Community Heads of Government forum and could not attend the event. “Guyana and the United States must continue to model cooperation agreements that address the respective interests of all our countries,” he stated, alluding to problems such as drug trafficking and the fight against HIV/AIDS.In closing, Nagamootoo toasted to the good health of USA President Barrack Obama as he wished the country a happy fourth of July.