For many years, Grenada has been known…
The Island Blog
- August 31th 2012
Scores of Grenadians surrounded the Maurice Bishop International Airport. The stage was lit, screen was set, security in place, paparazzi in position. On the inside, airport workers stood nervously on the tarmac. Some continued wiping the flow of sweat from their brows, others finding it difficult to stand still. The cameras were in position, every star in the sky looked like the plane that seemed to never arrive.
Suddenly, it appeared. A tiny light that flickered in a repetitive motion. Around it went and then down onto the runway. He was here. Grenada’s Olympic Champion. The 19 year old from the town of Gouyave. Gold medalist, Kirani James.
Out rolled the red carpet. Next came the marching Grenada Cadet. Then down came the stairs from the airplane and there he stood. The man everyone was waiting for. Kirani James. Screams roared from the crowd as he smiled and waved humbly at those who came to see him. He was escorted to the reception area where he was greeted by his parents, dignitaries and members of other organizations for a short welcome ceremony.
That night, everyone had one thought; how happy they were to see him and how proud they were to be Grenadians. The Police Band entertained along with dancers draped in National wear. But, before the night was over, Kirani had to meet with those who stood on the outside, able only to see him via the screens and what a welcome they gave him.
The screams were even louder than those from the inside. Persons were dressed in their national colors, some shed tears of joy while others held on to their national flags. Persons crowded around trying to get hugs, shake his hands or just to make eye contact with him. On the inside, persons were gearing up for autographs and pictures.
That moment was one of the greatest moments of Grenada’s history. A moment that all Grenadians would cherish forever. Welcome home Kirani. Welcome to the Spice of the Caribbean.