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Posted on: August 3, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Essex County Jamaican Community Celebrates 55th Independence with a Flag Raising Ceremony



Debra G. Simms, Esq, 848.228.2976   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2017    

Jamaican Community in Essex County, New Jersey, mark Island's 55th Independence a Flag Raising Ceremony in East Orange 

Essex County Jamaican Community Celebrates 55th Independence with a Flag Raising Ceremony

EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Jamaica's flag will fly high in East Orange, New Jersey marking Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. The Flag Raising ceremony will be held at City Hall on Friday, August 11th, beginning at 5:00p.m, sponsored by the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JON-J), Essex County Chapter.

Other flag-raising ceremonies throughout the state are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. August 4th at Trenton's City Hall; 4:00 p.m. August 4th at Paterson's City Hall; and 5:00 p.m. August 18th at Franklin’s Municipal Building, Somerset. 

JON-J's annual Independence Thanksgiving Service is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. Aug. 13th at the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Teaneck, 405 East Englewood Avenue, Englewood, N.J. The guest preacher will be Reverend Dr. Errol Stoddart. The national theme is "Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad." 

"In its 55 years as an independent country, Jamaicans worldwide have made tremendous contributions in every area of our society, whether it be sports, education, music, medicine or religion.  These remarkable achievements must indeed be recognized and celebrated.  As a nation we have always strived for excellence and the strength and resilience of Jamaicans are rooted in our rich culture and history,” said Debra Simms, president of the Essex County Chapter of JON-J. 

For more information about JON-J or the independence celebration events, please call (848) 228-2976.

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