The annual National Honours Investiture Ceremonies began on Monday which was celebrated as National Heroes Day. Two groups of outstanding Bahamians were presented with awards by Governor General, the Most Hon. Cynthia Pratt in the lower gardens of Government House.
One of the honourees during the morning session was former parliamentarian Dr. Earl Deveaux. He told ZNS News, “I really had not considered that I would honoured and it is a compelling list of people. In fact that lady I was walking with, my oldest sister, she’s being honoured as well.”
Captain Fernley Palmer of the Boys Brigade was also honoured along with Dame Doris Johnson, Dr. Perry Gomez, Justice Bernard Turner and former senator Lynn Holowesko.
Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin attended the ceremony and said the importance of National Heroes Day is the celebration of people who built the country with their own hands.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis addressed the honourees and their supporters at the ceremonies. In his remarks he said, “our honourees represent the fields of education, the arts, science, public service and many others. Their lives and achievements are stories of inspiration for every citizen, young and old.”
The National Honours Investiture Ceremonies continue on Tuesday October 10th.
(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)