U.S. Embassy Celebrates 50 Independence Day
Georgetown, Guyana – The U.S. Embassy celebrated American Independence Day with a reception at the residence of U.S. Ambassador D. Brent Hardt and Mrs. Hardt on the July 4th holiday. The event included remarks from Ambassador Hardt and from the Honorable Samuel Hinds, Prime Minister performing duties as President of the Republic of Guyana; as well as performance by the 13th Army Band of the Florida National Guard, a cake-cutting ceremony, and American food and beverages.
Distinguished guests included ministers of government who were present to celebrate alongside many guests from Guyanese government, business, civil society, the arts, the media, education, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, and Embassy staff.
In his remarks Ambassador Hardt outlined the efforts and partnerships amongst the Guyanese and American governments, such as bringing new U.S. investors, helping to prepare for oil and gas exploration in Guyana; Guyana’s hosting of the hemisphere’s largest annual U.S. Special Forces Exercise, which allowed the Guyanese and American military to train and work together; and the efforts and initiatives to overcome domestic violence and human trafficking in Guyana. In addition, Ambassador Hardt expressed that as we consider the progress and challenges of democracy in the United States, from our founding, through the Civil War and the Civil rights movement, the process of building continues. The Ambassador ended his speech with a toast to a closer partnership between the governments and peoples of the United States and Guyana. Acting President Hinds, echoed Ambassador Hardt’s remarks, as he too expressed that there are many opportunities for continued collaboration and partnerships between our two governments.