JAMAICA -

Aug. 7 - 2:30 p.m.

By Steve Owen, Asst. News Dir.

We are back from Jamaica!

It was a whirlwind four days but the journey delivered so much more than we could have ever imagined. Jason Martinez, Bill Damas and I documented so much interesting material that we are planning a Prime-Time special for this fall. We think you will love it.

I am going to write a longer debrief about my time from the island soon, but just wanted to send out a short blog to salute those who helped us along the way.

Thanks so much to Karen Rundlet, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, Lyndon Taylor and Delroy Murray. All four are either Jamaican or Jamaican-American. Their passion and vision for their country helped make our trip a smashing success.

Thanks again!

Aug. 6 - 11 p.m.

By Jason Martinez

We just returned from the stadium. Jamaica blew the candles out on their 50th birthday cake. What a night. Such pride the Jamaican people have for their country. I honestly envy it and wish ALL Americans shared the same passion for the stars and stripes.

PHOTOS: Jamaica celebrates

Some people think these trips are exotic and fun. A co-worker jokingly tweeted me saying we were "stealing money" from the company on this Jamaican trip. We just worked four 15-hour days in a row. No ganja inhaled, no Red Stripe consumed. Hard work and no play. And you know what? I loved every minute of it. I fell in love with the Jamaican people. They've shown me a refreshing way of life... laid back, respectful and an uplifting pride for their land. Plus, I love the way they answer my questions... with two endearing words... "YEAH MON!"

Thank you Jamaica for your welcoming spirit.

Aug. 6 - 10:30 p.m.

By Steve Owen, Asst. News Dir.

The Jamaicans sure know how to throw a party. 

They celebrated the 50th anniversary of their independence from the UK by opening their national stadium to the people. 

Every seat was taken -- green and yellow everywhere.

PHOTOS: Jamaica celebrates

This gala came complete with what you'd expect: marching bands, military salutes, dancing children, even a flyover, but I was much more interested in what was going on in the stands.

I was overcome by the love the people showed for their country.

The last time I remember a similar show of total national pride in the states was when America united after 9/11.

I think people in the USA would be inspired if they spent just a few days with the Jamaican people.

The next 50 years for this country is in good hands.

Aug. 6 - 5 p.m.