National Heroes Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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National Heroes Day
Observed by Saint Kitts and Nevis
Type National
Significance Honors distinguished individuals with significant contributions to Saint Kitts and Nevis
Celebrations great
Observances Honor guard, wreath laying ceremony
Date 16 September
Next time 16 September 2014 (2014-09-16)
Frequency annual

National Heroes Day is a Saint Kitts and Nevis holiday observed annually on 16 September that honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the nation. As of 2011 there are three national heroes: Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Paul Southwell, and Joseph Nathaniel France.

History[edit]

National Heroes Day was established in 1996 by the Saint Kitts and Nevis Federal Parliament with the passage of the National Honours Act.[1] The first observance of the holiday was on 16 September 1998 to honor Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, the first Premier and Chief Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis and former labour activist.[2] The holiday is observed on his birthday.[3]

In 2004, former Premier and Chief Minister Paul Southwell, and former Social Services Minister and trade unionist Joseph Nathaniel France, were also affirmed as National Heroes by the National Assembly.[4]

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