BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 16TH 2012 (CUOPM) –– St. Kitts and Nevis commemorates National Heroes Day (today Sunday) with the day being observed on Monday 17th – a public holiday - with the Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas among dignitaries laying wreaths at the monument in honour of the Father of Independence and First National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw.
The Ceremony begins at 9:00 A.M. on Monday 17th September at the monument, which was unveiled in St. Paul’s, birthplace of Sir Robert, on National Heroes Day, 2007. Sir Robert, who was born on 16th September 1916, would have been 95 years today. Premier Bradshaw died on May 23rd 1978, after laying the foundation for poltical Independence.
Following the inspection of a Guard of Honour comprising members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the Cadet Corps, Prime Minister Douglas, a cousin of Bradshaw and who also hails from St. Paul’s, will deliver brief remarks.
Wreaths will be laid by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace; Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of China on Taiwan and the Republic of Venezuela; a relative of the Bradshaw Family; the Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and the President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Clifford Thomas.
Other National Heroes are First Chief Minister, former Deputy Premier and Premier, the Right Excellent Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell and The Right Excellent Sir Joseph National France, who was also born on September 16th 1907.