In an address broadcast on Radio Cayman on Thursday, Premier McKeeva Bush named five new Caymanian national heroes.
“Without these great men and women, where would the good ship Cayman be today?” he asked. “They set the foundation for what we have.”
The five new national heroes, who will be formally installed at the National Heroes Day Celebration next January are: T. William Farrington, deceased, a former legislator and Father of the House; Desmond V. Watler, deceased, a long-serving civil servant and Cayman’s first chief secretary; and nation builder; Ormond L. Panton, deceased, a former legislator; Evelyn Wood, the first female legislator and an advocate for women’s suffrage, a community worker and nurse; and Joyce Hylton, deceased, a former civil servant and social development pioneer.
The five join James Manoah Bodden and Sybil McLaughlin as Cayman Islands national heroes.
In addition, Mr. Bush announced that the government had agreed to name all primary schools in honour of Caymanians “who have made great and valued contributions to our communities.”
“To begin this naming exercise, the Bodden Town Primary School will be known as the Theoline McCoy Primary School and the Savannah Primary School will be known as the Edna Jackson Primary School,” he said.