Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Liberty Day

Happy Liberty Day, originally uploaded by captainjay.

Today is a government holiday in the Virgin Islands. I'm using the day to relax from our fun weekend. We had a great time with our friends on St. John and a blast at the Halloween party at the Beach Bar. Today is overcast and a little breezy, probably out skirts from TS Tomas that is south of us. I think it's time for a nap since the power has been off for awhile so I can't do laundry or any of the other things I need to do around the house :-)

Taken from, here is the meaning of Liberty Day:

Held as a public holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islandsannually on 1 November, Liberty Day commemorates David Hamilton Jackson and the institution of Free Press in the Danish West Indies, now the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As a territory of Denmark, the Danish West Indies were under severe censorship on all publications. David Hamilton Jackson, who was born in St. Croix in 1884, petitioned the King of Denmark for freedom of press. Jackson was successful in his efforts to remove strict censorship in the Danish West Indies that had been in place in 1779. He started the first free newspaper, the Herald, and helped organize the first labor union in the Danish West Indies during the early 20th century.
“Liberty Day” is celebrated on 1 November—the day Jackson printed the first addition of the Herald in 1915—in appreciation of his efforts on behalf of the people.

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