Heroes and Pioneers Celebrated
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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