National Heroes Day observed during wreath laying ceremony
By Makeida Antonio
Dozens of government officials and family members of the country’s late national heroes were in attendance at a national event to celebrate November 1.
The National Heroes Day wreath laying ceremony was part of the calendar of events organized by the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission in collaboration with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the independence of the country.
Information Minister Melford Nicholas stressed the importance of remembering those who dedicated a significant part of their lives to nation building.
âThis is an important event for our national calendar. We made it part of our national series of events commemorating our independence; every year we celebrate our national heroes, those of the past and those who are still alive, âNicholas Observer said yesterday.
Nicholas said he attends a number of Independence events each year to show his respect to those whose work should never be forgotten.
âThis year we only have one national hero alive, and that is Sir Vivian Richards, and of course we would have parted ways with the late Sir Lester Bird earlier this year. I have made it a point to be present at each of these deliberations since I was elected, because it is important for us to recognize the contributions of people who would have served us well and on whose shoulders our achievements rest â, a he declared.
Information Minister Nicholas hopes people will remember the past 40 years and be inspired for many years to come.
âI was just a boy, in my teenage years at the time of independence and I would have seen that Antigua would have gone through a number of challenges and we would have continued to build this country little by little, institution by institution. I think the next generation has a lot to look forward to because of the work that has been done over the past forty years. “
Additionally, Nicholas urged residents and non-CARICOM nationals to participate in the country’s independence celebrations.
“The very presence of a number of Caribbean nationals who have chosen to make Antigua and Barbuda their home is an indication that the country can maintain a high standard and standard of living, and I believe the work of The development that the government is currently making in terms of additional infrastructure and potential for the future and expanding economy will also be another contribution to this, âhe said.
Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst echoed similar sentiments and expressed his pleasure in attending the event, indicating that the ceremony takes place every year and that he was certainly delighted to celebrate those who would have brought a significant contribution to Antigua and Barbuda.