Though they are U.S. citizens, islanders have no vote in national elections. Nor does the Washington representative have a vote on the floor of the house.
We decided to join in the celebration and learn a little more about the history of the Virgin Islands. The ceremony began with the military presentaion of the colors, the U.S. and Virgin Islands flags.
Elementary school children sang the national anthem.....
... and then performed a song called "A Time for Uprising" that told the story of the slaves' struggle for freedom.
There were, of course the usual speeches from government officials. It was interesting to see the celebration of their Danish history. The Virgin Islands belonged to Denmark for over 200 years, much longer then they have been American.
The ceremonial lowering of the Danish flag while a National Guardsman stands by with the U.S. flag.
Folding the Danish flag before it was presented to the Consul General of Denmark.