Queen's Birthday

Gov. Augustus Jaspert greets Tinique Maduro, 5, of the St. Paul’s Jr. Club, while inspecting units in the Queen’s Birthday parade Friday on Tortola.

TORTOLA — The Anegada sisters were among 21 officers receiving Overseas Territories long service medals Friday as the territory celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.

A parade under the command of Denis Jones and officiated by the Queen’s representative, Gov. Augustus Jaspert, was held on the Festival Grounds in Road Town and included paramilitary, church and civic organizations, drum corps and schools.

Sisters, Sergeant Karen Vanterpool and Constable Sylise Vanterpool, were presented with Second Clasps to the Overseas Territories Police Force medal.

“From time I was small, I always wanted to be a police officer,” Karen Vanterpool said. “I came in, I did my best, give it my all and I’m still here today.”

Karen Vanterpool said it has been great having her sister, who echoed her sentiments, on the force with her.

Jaspert read a short message from the Queen, conveying her good wishes.

While there was a larger number of spectators in attendance, the number of uniformed groups participating was smaller than in past years.

“I think the days that it was held made a difference,” Judy Smith said. “We got to see groups like the Seventh-day Adventist Drum Core, but I think we’ve missed a lot of the different schools too. There are usually more schools involved.”

This was the fist year the celebration was held on a Friday.