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His Excellency President Charles A. Savarin
His Excellency President Charles A. Savarin

His Excellency President Charles A. Savarin has praised the Music Lovers Government Band for providing Christmas cheer through music to Dominican communities for many years.

"I therefore want to say a personal thank you to the Music Lovers Government Band. This band has continued to carry on the tradition of visiting most of our communities and institutions in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day, bringing cheer and goodwill to citizens in the rural areas with renderings of traditional Christmas carols, and others of local and more recent composition," President Savarin said in his Christmas message. "Many of the band members make a sacrifice of the time they could share with their families, so that they can bring glad tidings to others in song - a true act of giving and serving which helps in fostering a spirit of brotherhood in the society".

President Savarin said Christ has been called the Prince of Peace and given the conflicts and war in all parts of the world we should thank God that Dominica is peaceful.

"We should be grateful to the Prince of Peace that in Dominica even when we are unable to resolve our differences, we conduct ourselves in a manner that does not result in communal strife and leave our brothers in pain, misery, loss of loved ones and hopelessness," he said.

President Savarin added; "Nevertheless, we have seen over the years a tendency to engage in negative and unwarranted attacks on the structures and institutions and individuals in our society, thus causing undue animosity and negativity towards one another and thereby engendering concern both here and abroad regarding our tranquility and stability.

"The time has come to reverse this trend by developing a spirit of constructive criticism since "Donminik se sa nou" (Dominica belongs to us). Therefore, just as the infant Jesus brought peace to the world let us allow him, the Prince of Peace, to transform our lives, that we may experience the joy of reconciliation even in our diversity".

President savarin said that "as an act of solidarity and identity with the mission of the Messiah who was born on Christmas day, let us look outward with thanksgiving, and offer prayers for the victims of war, injustice, abuse, and other forms of violence. At home, let us work harder to be at peace with ourselves and with each other in all our dealings and relationships".

"Along with my wife Clara and other members of my family, I extend to all of you our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a New Year that will see your cup filled and overflowing with God`s abundant love and His everlasting blessings", he concluded.