CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucians recalled the many contributions made by the late former prime minister Sir John Compton to the island's development when they unveiled, ahead of the country's 35th anniversary of independence, a full size monument of the elder statesman.
A statue of the late former prime minister Sir John Compton was publicly unveiled on Friday to mark Saint Lucia's 35th anniversary of independence
The statue, designed by Saint Lucian sculptor Ricky George, depicts Sir John facing the William Peter Boulevard, where for many years he operated his private law office. The monument is situated in Constitution Park between the House of Parliament and the Court House.
Ahead of the commemoration, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony remarked, "This year we will honour deceased former prime minister, Sir John Compton, whose monument will finally get a fitting home at Constitution Park in Castries. He would have this year, celebrated his sixtieth year in active politics. This independence, as we work in unity and with dedication for the good of the nation, we must be at peace with our past, and celebrate our heroes."
The ceremony, held on Friday, was attended by heads of state from St Vincent and Grenada, the governor general, members of Cabinet and members of parliament and the Compton family, including Sir John’s widow, Lady Compton.
The monument was unveiled by the Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy and Sir John’s children and grandchildren, who were also in attendance at the ceremony.