U.S. Independence Marked in Seychelles
July 18, 2012:
On July 12, Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell hosted a reception on board the USS McFaul (DDG 74)in Seychelles in celebration of the 236th anniversary of the U.S. Independence. The guest of honor was Seychelles Minister for Internal Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan. The Chargé d’Affaires spoke of positive relationship between the U.S. and Seychelles, and Minister Morgan referred to the U.S. Declaration of Independence’s quote for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This port visit by the USS McFaul not only allowed the U.S. Embassy to share the celebration of its National Day with the people of the Seychelles, but it also represented an opportunity for the crew of the ship to serve as goodwill ambassadors of the U.S., promoting peace and stability in the region. Visits such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and partner countries and work toward mutual goals. The crew of the ship was happy to be in Seychelles as they got the opportunity to meet with the people of Port Victoria, and to experience the rich history and culture of Seychelles.
Crew members also participated in a community relations activity. On July 13, eighteen sailors , led by Navy Chaplain Marian King, volunteered their time at the President’s Village Children’s Home and participated in various projects ranging from replacing broken door handles and locks, to installing ceiling fans, and painting the rooms where the children eat, play, and receive care.
President’s Village Children’s Home has been in operation for over 15 years and functions as a home for young victims of abuse and domestic violence. Some of the children arrive as early as 6 months old and unless conditions at home improve, they remain at the shelter until they are 18 years old and able to work and support themselves.