The 2016 National Heroes Day commemorative insignia symbolizes the significance of agriculture to the Cayman Islands.
The insignia was created by graphic designer Kara Coe, art director Charles Gilman and writer Lennon Christian, all of Government Information Services.
Significant features of the insignia include “rows” which represent plantations known locally as “grounds”; a groundsman and girl, which represent early farming pioneers; and a thatch hut, thatch baskets and hats, which highlight the importance of this Cayman Islands native tree to agriculture and daily life in days gone by.
Other features include a donkey, which was important to farmers as a beast of burden; a water drop, to show the importance of fresh water for farmers on islands with no rivers or lakes; and the ladybird beetle, which combats destructive mealybugs and helps protect crops.
Clouds and trees represent the three islands; the double helix is symbolic of the role that science plays in agriculture; while red and blue are the national colors of the Cayman Islands.
Made from metal and enamel, the medal is intended to be pinned to clothing and worn at special occasions.
Each year the Heroes Day insignia has a new design to reflect the changing theme of the event.
Created through collaboration between the National Heroes Day Committee, the National Archives and Government Information Services, the insignia will be presented to recipients of the early pioneer and pioneer awards in agriculture.
This year Heroes Day is observed Jan. 25.
“Each year, we design an insignia which is historically meaningful to the Cayman Islands and the theme of National Heroes Day,” said Meloney Syms from government’s Protocol Office, which organizes the event.
“This time we are honoring those in agriculture, so it is only fitting that we have designed the insignia to reflect our farming heritage,” she said.
A souvenir booklet with full explanations of the design features is placed in the presentation box given to recipients.
A commemorative poster highlighting the history of agriculture in the Cayman Islands will also be issued to attendees at the National Heroes Day celebrations.
For more information on National Heroes Day 2016, contact the Protocol Office on 244-3612 or [email protected]