Mr Parry was speaking at a memorial service held on Monday 1st August 2011 at Bath Cemetery, located in Bath Plains, in respect of the victims of the MV Christena disaster
The Premier added that he knew exactly what he was doing and where he was on the day of the disaster. He also mentioned the ‘odd feeling’ he felt as the island celebrated emancipation day with Culturama festival and some are mourning with a memorial service.
“It seems to create contrast that as some celebrate others are mourning, thinking and reminiscing, I have to say that this is what life is all about, Good and Bad” commented Premier Parry.
The Nevisian leader noted that despite the fact that there were no psychologists present at the time of the event, Nevisians have always been strong and survived and found ways to deal with the catastrophe.
According to the premier, although many felt hardship, survivors were able to make contributions to their community’s society and their families.
He added that the Christena victims must not die in vain, for many of them could have made great contributions; and that in spite of everything, with all the differences, arguments and disputes, in the end, (we the survivors)l have to live here.
A monument built to commemorate the 236 lives that were lost in the Christena Disaster was built in Bath Plains at Bath Cemetery and was unveiled on Monday 1st August 2011, which was the 41st anniversary of the disaster.
The names of the Victims are listed on the monument.
A spokesperson of a civic minded group of activists, Mr. Wakely Daniel, said that the Nevis Island Administration, through the Ministry of Communications, contributed to the construction of the monument.
Assistance was also given by Hendrickson Construction Services.
The artwork was done by Mr. Vaughn Anslyn.