It is hard to believe that not even a lifetime ago Belize was still British Honduras, a self-governed colony of Great Britain for over a century, and before that a collection of Baymen who would attack Spanish ships and trade in logwood and slaves.
A couple centuries later, here we are: 368,000 of us, living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Nevertheless, some things haven’t changed. Turneffe Atoll, for example, is every bit as spectacular and remote today as it was hundreds or even thousands of years ago, surrounded by diverse wildlife and the Belize Barrier Reef.
As we give thanks today to our independence and how far we have come as a country, let’s also think of our future and how best to preserve our traditions, culture, and environment. Our descendants deserve to be able to experience the beauty of Belize the way we have!