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Many persons turned out yesterday (October 17), at the Anglican Church in Port Antonio to pay tribute to the National Heroes and to observe the annual Heroes Day Parade in Portland.
The function, which was originally scheduled to be held at the Market Square in the town in front of the cenotaph, had to be diverted to the church because of the persistent heavy rains, associated with Tropical Storm, Wilma.
Among those in attendance were students representing a number of schools in Portland, representatives from government and non-governmental organizations in the parish, and members of the general public.
The Governor General’s message was read by Daphne Armstrong, who represented Custos of Portland, Hon. Roy Thompson, while messages from Prime Minister P. J. Patterson and Leader of the Opposition, Bruce Golding were read by Rosemarie Morris and Rupert Kelly, respectively.
Highlights of the function were the reading of citations in tribute to the seven National Heroes, floral tributes to the heroes and the march past by uniformed groups.
Earlier in the function, the gathering was welcomed by the Chairman, Detective Howard Simmonds of the Hope Bay Police Station, who paid tribute to the heroes for the sacrifice they had made to lay the foundation for the building of the nation.
He also exhorted the gathering to emulate that example by ensuring that the country continued to build on those achievements for the benefit of future generations.