As Barbados approaches its 48th Anniversary of Independence, this island???s Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has told Barbadians to reflect on the many blessings that they have received over the years.

He issued this edict while addressing teachers, students and their parents attending the Blessing of the Nation Service at St. Philip Primary School, recently.

Mr. Stuart said: ???We have many blessings that we can count. Let us look at all the things that we have every right to feel proud of and let us accentuate those things as we approach our 48th year of Independence.???

Acknowledging that Barbados is at best a peaceful country, the Prime Minister noted that citizens could easily have been living in other parts of the world where the Prime Minister is not allowed to walk about as freely as the Prime Minister of Barbados does.

???Sometimes, we tend to take these blessings for granted???We must not take these things for granted. We must try to make sure that this continues to be so as long as is humanly possible,??? Mr. Stuart added.

During the service, Reverend David Garner of Shekinah Wesleyan delivered a prayer for the Blessing of the Nation, while Destiny Charles??? steel pan rendition of Welcome the Morning Sun was a hit with the Prime Minister and the appreciative audience.

A medley of gospel selections by the school choir, a dance by an all-female dance troupe and the strains of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, provided the entertainment package which kept the modest crowd entertained.

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