- Ceremony to formally close the celebrations to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence
Seventy nine Jamaicans will be presented with the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica, at an awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday, July 31, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will deliver the main address and present medals and certificates to the recipients at the event, which will formally close the celebrations to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.
The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation was originally instituted by Proclamation by the Governor General in 1983, in commemoration of Jamaica’s 21st Anniversary of Independence. It was given to Jamaican citizens for community service.
A new Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica was authorized by Proclamation by the Governor General on August 1, 1987. Previous recipients of National Honours and Awards are not eligible for this medal.
The award is a commemorative medal which may be awarded to any person or group of persons who, in the opinion of the Prime Minister, has made significant contribution to the economic, social or political development of Jamaica or to Jamaicans residing abroad.
The awards to be presented this year will recognize persons for their contribution in the fields of agriculture, culture, community service and community development, economic and national development, education, finance, religion, security and tourism. Eighteen Jamaicans will be recognised for service to Jamaica and Jamaicans in the Diaspora.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen will head the list of dignitaries who will be in attendance.