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US Embassy celebrates Independence Texas-style

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 7:00 AM
The beautiful sisters, Rebecca (left) and Debbie Bissoon rocked their black ensembles in style.
Marisa Benain is a vision of dark and lovely in this striped minidress.
Jim Jessee, Information Management Officer of the US Embassy (left), wife- Mary (centre) and Tarik Imam- Financial Management Officer, US Embassy pauses from their candid banter to share their smiles with our camera.
Reinaldo Pino is in good female company, enjoying the likes of Tania Prince.
US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno is all smiles as he rocks his cowboy hat at his country’s 240th anniversary celebration.
The lovely Juliet Holness.
Ambassador Luis G. Moreno (right) is spotted by our camera in the company of Minister Delroy Chuck at the US Embassy 240th anniversary.
From left: Kemesha Kelly, Bruno Pouezat, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Ambassador Luis G. Moreno stand in full support of the HeForShe campaign.
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The United States (US) Embassy, in celebrating 240 years of independence, invited diplomats, government officials and well-wishers to a cocktail reception on the East Lawns of Devon House Monday evening.

The mood was light and the sound of San Antonio's own MC and The Mystyx gave a high-kick to the evening's celebration. As guests entered into the festivities, they were greeted by the Ambassador himself, Luis G. Moreno while others glided around in acknowledgement of the milestone.

With the presentation of 'The Colors' executed by the US Marine Corps Detachment and the singing of the Jamaica and US national anthems by Jamie Wilmott and Gina Cooper, respectively, Ambassador Moreno offered his remarks and shared a message from President Obama.

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck spoke on the special relationship between both nations and recalled President Obama's visit to Jamaica. Afterwords, Ambassador Moreno spoke of the two nations sharing the same motto and shared promise to continuously strive to renew: Out of many, one. He also emphasised that there is no room for discrimination against anyone in a democratic society.

As part of the fourth of July celebration, Ambassador Moreno encouraged everyone to support Jamaica's HeForShe campaign that engages men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality. By starting the trend, he took a selfie himself and showed a quick teaser trailer with folks such as Beenie Man, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Usain Bolt, who heard about the campaign and clamoured to get on board early.

After the formalities, it was a time for celebration as guests enjoyed scrumptious cuisines and took to the selfie booth to get involved in the HeForShe campaign.