Virgin Islanders were encouraged to rebuke negative elements in the society and refrain from turning a blind eye to persons in the community who are participating in illegal activities.
The call was made by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn during his Territory Day message. In that speech the Minister said: “When we see our fellow citizens involved in things that are contrary to our peaceful way of life, we cannot allow one or two individuals to disrespect all that our ancestors built and the peaceful existence that we have always known.”
Hon. Walwyn announced that the zeal to do what is right will be influenced by love and respect for the Territory: “Respect and pride in being a Virgin Islander means obeying our laws, and not just some of them, but all of them. It means finding ways to serve this country and not simply waiting to take from it. It means respecting our traditions and institutions – free of political interference and manipulation so that citizens can feel a sense of security and fairness,” Minister Walwyn stated.
The Education Minister noted that the forefathers and older generations did their part to bring the Territory where it is today and it is now up to the younger generation to care for the BVI: “The responsibility now rests on those of us in authority, those of us who are in influential positions in the Territory, and those of us who love this country to pass this country on to the next generation in a better state than it was handed to us. This will call for us to be a watchful, vigilant, determined, audacious people, because what we have here in the Virgin Islands is indeed special.“