National Heroes Day in Saint Kitts And Nevis
National Heroes Day is a public holiday that’s observed annually on September 16th in Saint Kitts and Nevis. This holiday commemorates all of those heroes who have given their service to the country over the years. What makes a national hero? A national hero is one that has made the greatest contributions to the advancement of the country.
Currently, there are 5 national holidays that are celebrated on this day and they are Kennedy Simmonds, Paul Southwell, Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Simeon Daniel, and Joseph Nathaniel France. This holiday has been in effect since the 1990s and it’s been celebrated ever since.
The History Of National Heroes Day In Saint Kitts And Nevis
In 1998, the Federal Parliament of Saint Kitts and Nevis passed the National Honours Act 1998. This act would establish three different classes of awards. These awards were The Order of the National Hero, the Medal of Honour, and the Star of Merit. This act also created National Heroes Day and proclaimed it to be celebrated on September 16th.
The first National Heroes Day honored Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, the first Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis. This holiday is observed on his birthday. In 2013, Simon Daniel, the first Premier of Nevis, would be inducted into the list of National Heroes. And in 2015, Dr. Kennedy Alpohonse Simmonds became the first living person to receive this particular honor.
Observing National Heroes Day In Saint Kitts And Nevis
On this day, a commemorative event to honor the past heroes of Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as a ceremony honoring current heroes. There are also parades, festivals, and other events celebrated on this day. People also use the day to spend time with friends and family members or simply use the holiday as an excuse to take a day off for themselves.