"Today, my thoughts are with the victims of Irma and I wish to send my wishes of courage and friendship to the families and loved ones of the people who lost their lives on 6 September 2017 in the circumstances we know. A tribute to which I associate my vice-presidents and the elected representatives of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin.
On this day of commemoration, I wish to greet with the greatest respect those who have spared neither their hours nor their efforts in the aftermath of the cyclone, to leave Saint-Martin of the dramatic situation in which our island has been diving in the space of a few hours.
Thank you to those who have shown exemplary and supportive after the hurricane, they are the pride of St. Martin. I would also like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all Saint-Martinois and all Saint-Martinois for the resilience and patience they have shown each day for a year.
The task is considerable and it is together, united by the same desire to move forward, that we will put our territory back on the path of development. Step by step, we are progressing, we have come a long way since 6 last September: every day with my team we are doing everything to make Saint-Martin a model of resilience and adaptation to climate hazards.
I want to be able to count on the mobilization of all, on the contributions of the greatest number, on the civism of each one, so that Saint-Martin is reborn. United and united, we will succeed this challenge. ".
President Gibbs's Address on the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Irma
"Today, my thoughts are with the victims of Irma, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of their lives on September 9th, 2009 in tragic conditions.
On this commemoration day, I wish to highly commend those who are in the aftermath of the hurricane, spared their time, nor their efforts to lift St. Martin out of the unprecedented situation of a few hours on September 6th.
Thank you for all the remarkable men and women for their exemplary actions of solidarity after the hurricane. They are the pride of St. Martin. I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, all the Saint-Martiners for their resilience and patience they have demonstrated for the last year.
The task ahead is substantial and it is together, united by the same desire to move forward, that we will put our territory back on the path of development.
Step by step, we are progressing, we have come a long way since last September 6th. Every day, we do not need to make Saint Martin a model of resilience and adaptation to climate hazards.
I want to be able to count on the mobilization of everyone, on the contributions of the greatest number and the good-citizenship of each and every one, so that Saint-Martin can be reborn. It is together, through unity and solidarity that we will succeed. "