National Heroes Day spending cut

Costs for the 2010 National Heroes
Day celebration in George Town
were sharply cut compared to the previous two year’s events.

However, figures obtained by the
Caymanian Compass under the Freedom of Information Law show that nearly
$121,000 was spent on the event – which has been held annually since 2003.

In 2009, the Cayman Islands spent a
total of $633,000 on Heroes Day – including $233,150.19 for the crafting of a
bronze statue at Heroes Square, across the quad from the courthouse in downtown
George Town. The “Aspiration
Monument” was designed
honour the achievements of women in Cayman society.

In 2008, the Heroes Day budget
totalled some $650,000.

Costs were significantly reduced
for this year’s event primarily because there were no expenses for the crafting
of a bronze statue. Also, the government did not invite the Brass Band of
Battle Creek, Michigan back for the event.

Last year’s expenses to bring the
brass band down were more than $150,000 including the band’s contract, airline
tickets and hotel accommodations.

The costs of the statue and brass
band combined were more than $380,000.

For this year’s event, the major
costs were as follows:

*$67,002.20 went to design and
materials for the podium, stage, seating and decorations for the event. In the
previous year, $148,000 was spent on site design and décor.

*Another $9.980 was given to a
company who provided tents, chairs, set-up, delivery and removal of items after
the event.

*Some $8,485 was provided for the
PA system, wireless microphones, and other technical support.

*More than $8,000 was spent on TVs
and a generator, including set up and removal costs.

*About $3,500 went for display
flags at the event site.

*Roughly $5,700 was paid for
printing programmes and page inserts for the event; another $1,261 went for
radio advertising.

*Refreshments for the Heroes Day
event cost $2,500.

The Heroes Day budget was not
listed as a separate line item in the 2009/10 budget. Rather, some $1.16
million total was set aside for all public events put on by government
including, but not limited to Constitution Appointment Day, Remembrance Day, National
Heroes Day, Queens’ Birthday and official funerals.

The costs of the swearing-in
and Remembrance Day ceremonies were approximately $87,000.

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The Aspiration Monument was revealed at the Heroes Day activities in 2009
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