T&T celebrates 55th year of Independence
Patriotism was well and alive at the Queen's Park Savannah on Thursday as thousands of citizens came out dressed in national colors to view the annual Independence Day parade through Port of Spain.
From 8 am, members of the various arms of the protective services put on a display, showing off their marching routines to the sound of drums and trumpets.
This included members of the T&T Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard, Defence Force, Police Service, Cadet Force, Fire Service, Prison Service and others.
The event started off with the customary Inspection of the Parade by President Anthony Carmona followed by a march past.
A national salute of 21 guns was fired in honor of the nation's 55th Independence.
Citizens lined the streets along the route, dressed in red, white and black and cheered as the parade passed by.
Following the display, Carmona visited the National Academy for the Performing Arts and the Police Administration Building where he gave a toast to the nation.
Carmona called for the public to be grateful for the service provided by the armed forces, and in particular the police, who place their lives at risk every day.
He acknowledged that there were a few bad elements within the police service but said they should not be allowed to spoil the reputation of good, hardworking officers.
Also attending the Parade was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife Sharon Rowley, Chief Justice Ivor Archie, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and National Security Minister Edmund Dillon.