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Heroes and Pioneers Celebrated

Wife Islay Conolly, MBE, (with son Burns and daughter Jacqueline) wears the medal presented to her late husband - new National Hero William Warren Conolly, OBE, JP.

Hundreds of residents joined in the colourful National Heroes Day celebrations today (Monday, 23 January), during which a new National Hero - the late William Warren Conolly, OBE, JP - was installed.

Relatives and friends from throughout the Cayman Islands gathered in Heroes Square, George Town, to attend the national event.

For the second year, attendees witnessed the presentation of the new Order of the Cayman Islands honours to 23 persons. They were recognised for outstanding service in diverse areas, from shipping and medicine, to music and sports. Respect was also paid to four long-serving government workers.

His Excellency the Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE and other official and elected members of government lauded awardees' significant contributions to education and community service.

Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP said in his address: "Nation-building cannot be left to government alone. It is the collective efforts of the people that take a nation forward, propel it on the path of progress and elevate its presence among its neighbours, the region and the whole world."

Also today, 13 people were presented with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour awards.

Educational development was this year's Heroes Day theme. Contributors in this field were also guests of honour. They were honoured during an Education Pioneers Awards Luncheon held Saturday (21 January).

Hon. Premier added, "Our educators are the ones who mould us, empower us and encourage us. They help us see we have potential and help us gain the ability to do our very best."

The Heroes Day festivities included live entertainment, local foods and opportunities to reminisce.


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