Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Sunday issued a rallying call to residents, urging them to continue making sacrifices to help pull the country out of the current economic slump.
While describing the current situation as the toughest Barbados had ever encountered, he expressed confidence that the country would pull through.
“No matter how long a night lasts, dawn has to break. There is nothing called everlasting night or everlasting day either and I am pleased that we’re beginning to see some light but we have to continue our vigilance, our discipline and our sacrifices,” he said, adding, “In the fullness of time, in the providence of God we will meet at the rendezvous of victory.”
The country’s leader was speaking at a service held at the Vauxhall Methodist Church, Christ Church that signaled the start of a week of remembrance for the island’s first Prime Minister and National Hero, Errol Barrow.
Addressing the congregation that included members of Cabinet and party officials, Stuart was adamant that “No previous Government of Barbados has had to lead Barbados in times as difficult as the ones through which we have passed over the last six years.”
During his speech, he spoke of the unselfish contribution of the late prime minister, who also served as the Member of Parliament for St John between 1958 and1977.
“We do not memorialize the lifetime and contribution of the late great Errol Walton Barrow because of any commitment to any form of idolatry, we remember Errol Barrow because he effected a fundamental change in our lives and in our experience,” Stuart said.
As an example of the national hero’s mark on the island, he cited a range of legislation that have changed Barbados.
“We do not memorialize a man today who was leading an insignificant nation but this is a great place, so great that sometimes we take its greatness for granted and we lose sight of the fact that many of the comforts that we enjoy today had to be fought for by others,” Stuart said.
“As he often said, he did not come into politics to confirm the mighty in their seats, he came into politics to exalt the humble and the meek. He did not enter politics to see what he could get out of it. He got nothing out of it. He entered politics to see what he could give to it, and he gave much to it and that is why he is so good an example for all of us who want to set very high standards for ourselves.”
During the service, the ruling Democratic Labour Party awardED some members for their dedicated service.
The Prime Minister handed out the awards to Norma Frank, Maurice Pollard, Anthony Padmore, and Ernest Forde, who were described as outstanding members of the parish of Christ Church.
Mary Layne collected the award for her late uncle, Darnley Niles.