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Headlines :  today is Memorial Day, the weekend was rich with cultural activities, beekeepers are meeting on St. Croix, one of our own is a Coast Guard Academy graduate, and Our virtue of the week  his loyalty.

At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 26 Monday

This is Memorial Day – this is a federal holiday, public schools, banks, US Post Office and all government offices are closed today. The courts are closed, water and power authority is closed innovative communication is closed. The university of the Virgin Islands is closed. Of course you've got Addie and Alex working like always.

The Memorial Day ceremony will be hosted by the Enrique Nieves American Legion Post #102 on St. Croix. The Memorial Day event on St. Croix will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Bassin Triangle, Christiansted where a parade will start and move on to the Christiansted Cemetery for a graveside service at the grave of Comrade Ralph Munchez, Sr.  The parade will then continue on to the Christiansted waterfront where a seaside service will be conducted and honors rendered.

After the parade and graveside/seaside ceremony, a special honors ceremony will take place at the Christiansted Bandstand.  During the ceremony, Major Glenda Mathrine Lee, Human Resources Officer of the Virgin Islands National Guard will present the 2014 Memorial Day address.

The Ceremonial Marching Band will perform in the Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Christiansted. And tomorrow Members of the 73rd Army band will be mentoring students at St. Croix Central High School and the St. Croix Educational Complex.

On St. Thomas, the Memorial Day ceremonies are hosted by the Patrick U. George American Legion Post #90. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 at Western Cemetery #1 with a graveside ceremony. The parade will move down Main Street to the Emile White Memorial for a seaside ceremony.  The parade will then proceed to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Veterans Park for the official Memorial Day Ceremony.  Dr. Lee Carl Whitaker, Medical Director for the St. Thomas community Base Clinic will present the keynote address.  Celebrations on St. John will include graves decoration and church service attendance.

The Governor issued a statement for Memorial Day saying this is our national holiday for remembering and honoring those who died in service for our country.  In the Virgin Islands, Memorial Day has been an important holiday since the territory was acquired by the United States in 1917.  Our brave men and women have served in nearly every American military conflict since that year, and even today are deployed in far-flung trouble spots.  On this special day, it is our obligation to perform gestures of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

4:00 PM No matter where you are on Memorial Day, take a few moments to reflect on those who sacrificed themselves for our freedoms.  Please bow your heads at 3 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance and offer a silent tribute to our lost heroes.  Let us make sure that the true meaning of Memorial Day will never be forgotten, and neither will the valiant Virgin Islanders who died defending our nation.  Please mark this solemn holiday with true respect.

Memorial Day weekend is full of wonderful things to do. The Bordeaux farmers market on Sunday was bigger and better than ever. The Department of Tourism was celebrating national tourism month. We Grow Food and the Department of Agriculture were showing off plants, potting vegetables, and offering tastes of raw food. There was basket weaving and tie-dying and the chance to learn about composting.  Ana Arache, a graduate student in environmental sciences came from Puerto Rico told The Source Online that 60 percent of the waste stream is organic. Instead of going to the landfill we could create organic compost to help grow the food we eat.

On Saturday the coal pot demonstration at Fort Christian brought out aficionados of old style cooking. Now in its second year the St. Thomas historical trust brought out more chefs plus music from Milo’s Kings and the Mungo Niles Quantrill dancers to add historic touch.

Among the hits:  minature johnny cakes filled with chicken and mango, from Chef Ashley Allen's young interns Brandon Setori and Deuhante Petty. Hook, Line and Sinker chef Harry Ralph offered of kallallo and clam chowder. The V.I. Culinary Team chefs – captain Marco Sanchez, Taj Siwatu, George Sittig and Danika Joseph – served seafood rumdown. Chef Shirley Honore's offered smoked herring pilaf;  and Jahleejah Peace of Natural Living Kulcha store and juice bar served an Ital rice made with curry and coconut milk, with grilled mangoes.   Chef Harry Ralph of Hook, Line and Sinker won the title of 2014 Best Coal Pot Chef on St. Thomas. The V.I. Culinary team came in second, and Chef Ashley and interns, third.

A big thank you to Event sponsors Ace Hardware, Merchant’s Market, the Department of Tourism, Planning and Natural Resources, the St. Thomas/Water Island administrator, the Fire Services and the Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 7th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and the 2nd Caribbean Bee College at the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from today through Friday. The Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organisations is staging the activities in collaboration with the UVI Cooperative Extension Service, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab at the University of Florida, and the East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center at St. George’s University.

new Herrenhut Moravian church invite you to spend the day on the church grounds on Monday from 11 a.m. to three p.m. There'll be food and drinks on sale in their courtyard: mutton, baked chicken, fish, salt fish, Kallaloo, macaroni and cheese, potato stuffing, peas and rice and ducana. And all kinds of desserts. For more information call 775-3255.

Hearty Congratulations to  U.S Coast Guard Ensign Jamen D. Descartes of St. Thomas U.S.  Virgin Islands, was among 214 cadets to graduate last Wednesday from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. He graduated a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with honors. Now he is an ensign and will serve on a ship in San Diego California. Meanwhile local girl, Nikki Barnes finished her year at the Coast Guard academy prep school won top honors as their best athlete.

Our virtue of the week is Loyalty. Loyalty is staying true to someone.  It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering.  It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals when the going gets tough as well as when things are good.  With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.
You are practicing loyalty when you…
•    Stand up for people and ideas you believe in
•    Choose your friends wisely
•    Are a faithful friend through good times and bad
•    Don’t allow loyalty to lead you into trouble
•    Don’t let others come between you and your friends
•    Are loyal to yourself
Your Affirmation is I am loyal to the people and ideas I care about. I stand by my friends and loved ones.  I keep my commitments.

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