National Heroes Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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National Heroes Day
Observed by Saint Kitts and Nevis
Type National
Significance Honours distinguished individuals for significant contributions to the nation
Observances Honour guard, wreath laying ceremony
Date 16 September
Next time 16 September 2018 (2018-09-16)
Frequency annual

National Heroes Day is a holiday in Saint Kitts and Nevis that is observed annually on 16 September. It honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the nation. There are currently five national heroes: Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Paul Southwell, Joseph Nathaniel France, Simeon Daniel and Kennedy Simmonds.

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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 honour Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, the first Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis and a 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] In 2013, the first Premier of Nevis, Simeon Daniel, was added to the list of National Heroes.[5]

In 2015, Kennedy Simmonds, the first Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, became the fifth person to be named as a National Hero.[6] He is the first living person to receive this honour.

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