BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 13TH 2013 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis commemorates National Heroes Day next week with the Governor General His Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence and Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas among dignitaries laying wreaths at the monument in honour of the Father of Independence and First National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw.
The Ceremony begins at 9:00 A.M. on Monday 16th September (National Heroes Day – a public holiday) at the monument, which was unveiled in St. Paul’s, birthplace of Sir Robert, on National Heroes Day, 2007.
Sir Robert, who was born on 16th September 1916, would have been 97 years on Monday. Premier Bradshaw died on May 23rd 1978, after laying the foundation for Independence in talks in London.
Following the inspection of a Guard of Honour comprising members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the Cadet Corps, Prime Minister Douglas, a cousin of Bradshaw and who also hails from St. Paul’s, will deliver brief remarks.
Wreaths will be laid by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace; Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn; the Ambassadors of the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of China (Taiwan); the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Brazil; Mrs. Etsu Bradshaw-Caines, daughter of Sir Robert; the Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, the Hon. Marcella Liburd and the President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Joseph O’Flaherty.
The announcement of Special Independence Awards to 30 recipients will be announced as well as a book presentation.