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Emotional moment as time capsule sealed
“Emotional.” It was the feeling that prevailed when the ANSA McAL time capsule was being sealed. Among those who witnessed the historic moment were historians Prof Bridget Brereton and Michael Anthony, 1976 Olympic gold medallist Hasely Crawford, masman Brian McFarlane and humanitarian/businesswoman Hannah Janoura. They were joined by UWI St Augustine campus principal Prof Clement Sankat and environmentalist Molly Gaskin. Artist LeRoi Clarke was also present.
Random checks with several illustrious citizens revealed they, too, felt “a bit emotional,” as they reflected upon T&T’s 50th anniversary milestone. They felt the time capsule was an excellent idea among a sea of suggestions to celebrate Independence. Having just returned from Korea, Sankat said it pained him that when compared to T&T, Korea had made great strides in creating a prosperous society with limited natural resources.
“We have so much natural resources here...So much more could be done,” he said. While her trademark Nah Leavin played in the background, former calypso monarch Denyse Plummer said: “It was an emotional moment. I could not restrain the tears. I felt proud as a citizen. It was a good idea for ANSA McAL to have a time capsule. It is an amazing concept. I am so full...full, full. Happy Independence, T&T!”
She wore a red chunky necklace and matching earrings. When the media radar shifted to Crawford who brought home gold from Montreal, Canada, he said: “I am proud of all that we have accomplished...especially Keshorn Walcott. I was out there in England supporting him. He is humble and hard-working. Many people may not know it, but he trains on public holidays. Even on Sundays. He is focused. Walcott was emotional. Today is another emotional day.”
Senior citizens like San Juan resident Lynette “Granny” Luces and television broadcaster Holly Betaudier remembered Independence Day (August 31, 1962) as though it were yesterday. Accompanied by her husband and children, Luces made the trek to Port-of-Spain. She felt Independence meant striving to be an independent woman.
Betaudier, 87, said: “I remember the Prime Minister (Eric Williams). It is one of the greatest experiences in my time. I had to do five-minute clips for every corner and establishment throughout Trinidad and Tobago so they could participate in Independence.”
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