Moviene Fahie leads a procession of Virgin Islands and United States VI officials during Saturday’s Friendship Day celebration. Photo: CHRYSTALL KANYUCK

Although the territories may span separate islands and separate governments, unity is inevitable between the United States Virgin Islands and this territory because both are populated with many of the same families.

Moviene Fahie leads a procession of Virgin Islands and United States VI officials during Saturday’s Friendship Day celebration. Photo: CHRYSTALL KANYUCK
This point was illustrated by USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp during the annual BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebrations on Saturday at the Central Administration Building.

“Let me tell you that my mother’s mother, my grandmother, is the last of 16 children,” Mr. Mapp said. “The last three were born on St. Thomas, but the others are from the island of Jost Van Dyke.”

Mr. Mapp added that he hopes that both territories will do more to educate young people about unity throughout the region.

“We are not getting out there and really helping the children to know the differences between us are small,” he said, adding, “We really might sleep on different islands, but we have so much more in common than we have different.”

See the Oct. 29, 2015 edition for full coverage.

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