Residents of Portland turned out in their numbers on Monday (Oct.19) for the annual Heroes Day parade and floral tribute, to mark National Heroes Day.
The event, held at the Courthouse Square in Port Antonio, was organised by the Portland Cultural Committee and held under the theme: ‘Respect our Heritage, Committed to Our Nation’.
Senior Justice of the Peace for Portland, Daphne Armstrong, reads the Governor-General’s message at the annual Heroes Day Parade in Port Antonio on Monday, October 19.
Featured was a parade of uniformed groups, which included the police, fire service, cadets, girls’ guide, and brownies.
There was also the reading of Heroes Day messages from the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding and Leader of the Opposition the Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller, while a number of schools and organisations laid floral tributes to the country’s heroes.
Members of the Port Antonio Marching Band perform at the annual Heroes Day Parade in
Port Antonio on Monday, October 19.
Earlier in the function, the audience was welcomed by Chairman of the Portland Cultural Committee Polly Perry, who appealed to all well thinking Jamaicans to emulate the heroes, by working together for the country’s development.
She reminded the audience that “Jamaica belongs to all of us”, so it is incumbent on all patriotic citizens to rise above partisan political considerations and do what is necessary for the advancement of the nation.