National Heroes Day: Government to announce new national hero

The 2016 National Heroes Day commemorative insignia represents agriculture in the Cayman Islands.

More than 320 awardees to be recognized

The government is expected to announce a new national hero at next week’s National Heroes Day, at which more than 320 people involved in agriculture will be honored.

According to a statement released by government on Monday, it is likely a new national hero will be named at this year’s celebrations in George Town. Cayman currently has eight national heroes, including the only living recipient, Sybil McLaughlin.

The other national heroes, James (Jim) Manoah Bodden, Thomas William Farrington, Sybil Joyce Hylton, Ormond L. Panton, Desmond V. Watler, Mary Evelyn Wood and William Warren Connolly, will also be honored by youth parliamentarians on Monday.

A minute’s silence will be observed and wreaths will be laid in tribute to the national heroes.

Among the awards that will be handed out to individuals involved in agriculture at National Heroes Day this year are: early pioneer, pioneer, emerging pioneer, memorial scroll, and long service award.

According to the government statement, the awards will include 142 long service certificates, 109 names will be placed on the memorial scroll, and there will be around 20 in each of the other categories.

“The farmers of this country, on all three islands, have played a very important role in our history, and continue to sustain us,” said Minister for Agriculture Kurt Tibbetts. “From the early days of our development, until present times, farming has been the backbone of our society and it is only fitting that we recognise those who have played their part in helping to feed our people.”

The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Monday and all are invited.

Road closures

Some downtown George Town streets will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, until 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. The roads will temporarily reopen from midnight Friday until noon on Saturday.

The road closures include:

Fort Street from the North Church Street junction to the Edward Street junction, at the Clock Tower;

Edward Street from Fort Street to Main Street;

Albert Panton Street, from Fort Street to Cardinall Avenue.