Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy National Heroes Day!

Today is a national holiday celebrating Federation heroes. The 16th was chosen to celebrate the birth dates of Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (a labor activist and first national hero) and Sir Joseph N. France (Labor Party/Union and former Chief Minister & Premier).  Later, Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell (General Secretary of Trades & Labour Union) got added to the mix. Dr. Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds (the first prime minister) got saddled with this hefty designation: Knight Commander in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael & Saint George. For more info about the holiday, medals, and the heroes, click here.

Interestingly, in 2005, the visiting Taiwanese President, His Excellency Chen Shiu-bian, was bestowed with the The Order of St. Christopher & Nevis award. The two countries have a had a loooong relationship, so this is not at all surprising.

Every year, a Standing National Awards Committee accepts nominations and gives out Stars of Merit or Medals of Honour to various folks for their contribution to the economic, political and social development of the Federation too.

There's a wreath-laying ceremony this morning, a music festival in Verchild's this afternoon, and a block party downtown this evening (see calendar).  As usual, Michael is working (and he takes the car), but we might check out the Friday jump-up downtown later. 

Monday is another holiday - Independence Day (yes, they're another nation celebrating a break from the Brits). Maybe Michael will take that one off...Apparently, this holiday is a big day for the People's Action Movement (PAM) party, so they're doing lots of stuff over the weekend too.