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  • Jamaicans are being urged to honour the legacy of National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, by showing the great love for the country that he demonstrated.
  • The call has come from Member of Parliament for St. James Central and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B. Smith, who was addressing the civic ceremony commemorating the 131st anniversary of the National Hero’s birth, held yesterday (February 24) in Blenheim, Hanover.
  • Hundreds of Jamaicans attended the ceremony, which was held at Sir Bustamante’s birthplace.

Jamaicans are being urged to honour the legacy of National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, by showing the great love for the country that he demonstrated.

The call has come from Member of Parliament for St. James Central and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B. Smith, who was addressing the civic ceremony commemorating the 131st anniversary of the National Hero’s birth, held yesterday (February 24) in Blenheim, Hanover.

“Above everything else, Sir Alexander Bustamante was a patriot … meaning that he loved his country and because of this love, he gave his entire adult life to the cause of making Jamaica a better place. Today then, as we reflect on his life, let us remind ourselves that we too must be patriotic,” Mr. Smith said.

He noted that patriotism “is when you love your country you do and say all those things that will make Jamaica a better place”.

“Sir Alexander was exemplary in this regard and I hope we will resolve to follow in his footsteps. As a people, I believe that we must begin to demonstrate more love and concern for the elderly and don’t cast them aside,” Mr. Smith said, noting that patriotism also includes caring for the environment and preserving the resources of the country.

On his part, Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, said that Sir Alexander was instrumental in creating the modern, Jamaican state.

“The National Hero stood for … a Jamaica that would become a prosperous country with opportunities for all”.

Hundreds of Jamaicans attended the ceremony, which was held at Sir Bustamante’s birthplace.

There were several tributes in dance, poetry, and music from students and cultural groups, while political and civic leaders delivered speeches on his life and legacy.