Ten distinguished Bahamians – 3 of them posthumously – received their national honors during an investiture ceremony in the ballroom of government house Thursday.
The annual ceremony is held in October to coincide with the national heroes day holiday, but the original ceremony was postponed this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The distinguished Bahamians were lauded for their significant contribution to national development.
Chancellor of the Societies of Honor, Governor General his excellency the Most Honorable Cornelius Smith presented the medals to all of the honorees.
Receiving the Order of the National Hero the late Rt. Excellent Sir Randol Fawkes. His son accepted on his behalf. Companions of the Order of the Bahamas was awarded to the RT Hon. Paul Adderley, RT Hon. Sir Alvin Braynen and the Rt. Hon. John Bostwick.
Officers of the Order of the Bahamas went to the Hon. Justice Rhonda Bain, the Hon. Justice Claire Hepburn and the Honorable Justice Jeanne Thompson.
These female trailblazers of the legal profession were extremely honored receive the national distinction.
The Order of Excellence went to his Excellency the Hon. Frank Carothers. Psychologist Dr. David Allen received the Order of Distinction and the Order of Merit Rozelda Woodside.
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis congratulated and thanked the national heroes for their service and love of country which he said represents the best of the Bahamian spirit.
“We are most fortunate that Sir Randol, the Hon. Paul Adderley, Sir. Alvin Braynen, and the Hon. J. Henry Bostwick helped to secure democracy and the rule of law in our Bahamas” he said.
“Our greatest tribute to them is to follow their example in this and successive generations by safeguarding and upholding democratic values and norms.”
The Prime Minister honored the recipients of the officers of the orders of the Bahamas as women of integrity.
“Not so long ago indeed during many of our lifetimes there were few Bahamians as judges of the Supreme Court. Few women served as Supreme Court Justices” he said.
“It is worth celebrating and note worthy that the Hon. Justices Hepburn, Thompson and Bain exemplify the quality of Bahamian jurists who have populated the courts in an independent Bahamas.”
Prime Minister Minnis boasted that the remaining honorees have each given a lifetime of service to the Bahamas in their respective fields of endeavor and through community service in general.
Thursday’s ceremony marks the third National Honors ceremony in the country.