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Heroes and Pioneers Celebrated

On behalf of National Hero the late Joyce Hylton, MBE, Mr. Mike Simmons receives the Instrument of Appointment from His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE, accompanied by the Premier, the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, today (Monday, 24 January).

Hundreds of residents joined in the colourful National Heroes Day celebrations today (Monday, 24 January), during which five new National Heroes were installed.

Attending the national holiday festivities were relatives and friends from throughout the Cayman Islands, who gathered in Heroes Square, George Town.

Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP presented the Order of the Cayman Islands' Commander rank medal to decorated WWII veteran William Harvey Ebanks, CMH. At left is Deputy Premier the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.

They also witnessed the presentation of the new Order of the Cayman Islands honour to 24 persons.

His Excellency the Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE and other elected and official members of government lauded awardees for their significant contributions to nation-building and community service in a range of areas.

His Excellency the Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE presents Audrey Ebanks, JP with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.

Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP said in his address: "The persons to whom we pay tribute have been deemed by their community representatives to be worthy of such high honour. Their contributions and sacrifices have notably moved their country further on its journey than it ever would have reached without them."

He added, "When I talk about sacrifices, I mean professional, social, economic and personal interests, endangered and forgone. In remarkable instances some honourees proved willing to sacrifice their lives."

At Saturday's Aviation Awards, Premier the Hon. McKeeva  Bush, OBE, JP (right) and Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing the Hon. Mike Adam  presented a Founder Award to Alicia Hydes, honouring her father, the late Thomas William Farrington, CBE.

Also during the day, five New Year's Honours recipients were presented with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour announced at the beginning of this month.

Deputy Premier the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP, lays a wreath at Aspiration, the Heroes Square monument honouring women's achievements.

As this year's Heroes Day theme revolved around the development of aviation, contributors in this field were also guests of honour. They were honoured during an Aviation Awards Luncheon this weekend (Saturday, 22 January).

The Heroes Day festivities included live entertainment, local foods and opportunities to reminisce on the significance of earlier stalwarts who so selflessly served this country.

(GIS)

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