Heroes Day to celebrate health

Health services is the theme for this year’s upcoming National Heroes Day.

The event will recognize those who have contributed to the development of health services and wellness in the Cayman Islands.

Each honoree will be presented with a special pin at the ceremonies, which will be held on Monday, Jan. 26 – a public holiday in Cayman.

“This year’s celebration encourages national pride in us all,” said Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is also minister of health. “It is also a means of ensuring that we pay a proper tribute to those who have worked continuously to develop health services as a national resource,”

“The Ministry is proud to commemorate the work of these invaluable individuals with the 2015 National Heroes Day pin,” he said in a government press statement issued on Friday.

The premier also thanked residents for submitting nominations for the awards. Nominees were reviewed and award recipients chosen by the National Heroes Day 2015 Committee.

Pin design

Charles Gilman, head of the Government Information Services’ Graphics Unit, designed this year’s pin, as he has done in previous years.

The red, white and blue on the pin are taken from Cayman’s national colors, while green symbolizes growth and the importance of homeopathic remedies, according to the government press release.

Three triangles represent the three islands of Cayman, while the appearance of aloe and periwinkle on the pins highlight their historical use as an ingredient in many natural remedies. The serpent and the rod featured on the pins are a commonly used symbol in the health services field, while the banner at the bottom on the pin mirrors the banner on the Cayman Islands’ coat of arms.

The public is invited to attend National Heroes Day celebrations at Heroes Square in George Town from 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Following the ceremony, attendees are also invited to join a family-friendly social.

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