JIS News

Hundreds of Portlanders braved the inclement weather to attend the annual Heroes Day Salute, at the Port Antonio Town Square on Monday, October 20.
Special features of the function were the parading of effigies of the National Heroes, the inspection of the uniformed groups on parade, and the raising of the flag.
Sponsored by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the function also featured tributes and the placement of floral arrangements in honour of each hero.
Among those placing floral arrangements were Custos of Portland, Roy Thompson, Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson and Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland, Dr. Donald Rhodd.
The tributes, which took the form of cultural performances, were done by students of Drapers All Age School, Boundbrook Primary School, Hill Preparatory School, Fellowship Primary and Junior High School, Port Antonio Primary School, and Norwich Primary School.
Chairman of the Portland Development Committee, Cynthia Perry, reminded the audience of the need for Jamaicans to emulate the lives of the National Heroes in order to ensure that the country’s objective of achieving social and economic advancement for all is realised.
Emphasising that the sacrifice made by the heroes has helped to lay the foundation for the freedom and benefits now being enjoyed by Jamaicans, she exhorted the gathering to also recognise the valuable work being done by the scores of unsung heroes across the country, to build communities and enhance the development of the society.