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Notwithstanding the inclement weather, the National Honours and Awards ceremony scheduled for National Heroes Day, (Oct. 17) will still be held, albeit with modified accommodation arrangements.
Speaking with JIS News, the Governor General’s, Aide-De-Camp (ADC) Captain Mahatma Williams explained that the event, originally planned for the lawns of King’s House, would be held indoors as well as under tents.
Recipients, Government Officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps will be accommodated in the ballroom for the ceremony, the ADC informed, while others on the table of precedence would be housed in the foyer.
Meanwhile, the dining room and tents to the East and South of the ballroom will accommodate general seating for family members and well-wishers. To ensure full participation, the Jamaica Information Service will provide close circuit television to facilitate those who are outside of the main seating area.
The ceremony will also be carried live on local television and radio stations.
Some 157 outstanding Jamaicans who have contributed to nation building will be officially recognized beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The awards will be presented in various categories including the Order of Jamaica; Order of Distinction (in the rank of Commander [CD] and Officer [OD]; the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; and the Badges of Honour for Meritorious and Long and Faithful Service.
Some 23 persons will be conferred with the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander while 47 persons will receive the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer. Among the latter class is Kingsley ‘Ibo’ Cooper who will be awarded for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.
The Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service will be conferred on 12 recipients for their contribution to Community Service and Development, Education, Nursing, Mental Health Care and Public Service.
Twelve other Jamaicans will receive the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service. Meanwhile, 60 members of the uniformed service will receive the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service. This will include four Officers from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), 32 from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), three from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), six from the Department of Correctional Service (DCS) and 15 from the Jamaica Fire Brigade. The public is invited to attend and should be seated by 8:30 a.m.