Monday, 28 April 2014

National Heroes Day

Today was National Heroes Day, a public holiday on the island.
Every year on April 28th we celebrate National Heroes Day to honour the lives and contributions of ten outstanding individuals who helped to shape our island into what it is today.

The correct title for our National Heroes is "The Right Excellent."
Our ten National Heroes are listed below according to the order they fall in the picture above.

The Right Excellent Bussa - an African slave killed during the 1816 slave revolt.
The Right Excellent Sarah Ann Gill (1795-1866)
The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod (1806-1871)
 The Right Excellent Dr, Charles Duncan O'Neal (1879-1936)
The Right Excellent Clement Osbourne Payne (1904-1941)
The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Herbert Adams (1898-1971)
The Right Excellent Sir Errol Walton Barrow (1920-1987)
The Right Excellent Sir Hugh Worrell Springer (1913-1994)
The Right Excellent Sir Garfield St.Auburn Sobers (1936-Present)
The Right Excellent Sir Frank Leslie Walcott (1916-1999)
The National Heroes Gallery, an interactive museum is located in the West Wing of the Parliament Building. It is dedicated to telling their stories and providing valuable insight into the contributions that they made to the island. 

You may read more here .
And also have a read here.


  1. That day should be an inspiration to everyone. More countries should have such a day. I'm so glad too to see a lady amongst the group of heroes.

    1. I don't think the younger folk pay too much attention to the significance of the day,,,,they just know it's another day off from work....a day to party on the beach with friends.

  2. There is so little appreciation these days of all that our forefathers fought for one way and another (I'm not referring to wars on this occasion) to enable us to have the lives we have today. I've just read the bio for each of the Heroes and felt really humbled and appreciative because, although they were on the other side of the world from where I am, they stood for something which changed things for the better with global consequences. Except for Sir Garfield who was just (sic) such a great Hero in the days when I was so interested in cricket.

    1. I'm not certain that the younger folk can ever appreciate what their forefathers did for the good of their lives today....maybe one day they will.


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