Cayman’s rich culture will be the theme for next year’s National Heroes Day celebrations, missing since 2003.
Culture Minister Alden McLaughlin has announced the celebrations will take place at Heroes Square and Celebrations Park on the holiday of January 22 and will include a formal ceremony in which local recipients of the Cayman Islands honours will be recognised and presented with awards.
These awards are normally given during the Queen’s Birthday parade but Mr. McLaughlin said it was only fitting that they be present on that day at Heroes Square.
Persons who wish to receive their awards during the Queen’s Birthday celebrations can still do so if they so desire.
Also lined up for the gala event at Celebrations Park from 10am to 2pm will be a visit from a prestigious military band from the United States, entertainment provided by a choir of 100 children, performances by Dance Unlimited and other local bands.
Audiences will also be able to stroll and mingle and can look forward to an array of art, culture, music and dance.
National monuments erected in the various districts during the quincentennial celebrations will also be refurbished to facilitate the event.
‘Most of the day should induce pride as focus is placed on the outstanding achievements of past heroes, but equally important, it is a day that should invoke a spirit of unity and encouragement so that new heroes may be inspired and encouraged to play their part in the future of this nation’s continued growth and development, said Mr. McLaughlin.
‘In essence, as the theme suggests, core Caymanian values and the many positive qualities ingrained in Cayman’s quiet culture, will be highlighted, promoted and heralded.’