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USVI / BVI FRIENDSHIP DAY IS SATURDAY

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June 22, 2001 – A delegation of government officials and civic leaders from the British Virgin Islands will travel to St. Thomas to take part in activities Saturday observing the 29th annual United States Virgin Islands/ British Virgin Islands Friendship Day.
For the second year in a row, the day is being celebrated at the beginning of hurricane season, instead of October, when it traditionally had been held.
"It kept getting interrupted by hurricanes," a Government House spokesperson explained.
Last year's festivities were held on Tortola in May.
This year's celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a breakfast at Government House and continue at 11 a.m. with a formal ceremony at Emancipation Garden.
"Historically, the people of the United State Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands have always enjoyed and continue to enjoy a warm relationship," Gov. Charles W. Turnbull said. "Many of our Virgin Islands government leaders, business and professional people, and residents can trace their roots to the British Virgin Islands."
Turnbull encouraged "the people of the USVI" to join in the observance of the celebration. The ceremonies at Emancipation Garden will be followed by a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort.

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