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Hail the Heroes!

Yvette Best

Hail the Heroes!

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Today is National Heroes Day in Barbados.
It is the holiday when Sir Grantley Adams, Errol Walton Barrow, Bussa, Sarah Ann Gill, Clement Osbourne Payne, Samuel Jackman Prescod, Sir Garfield Sobers (the only living National Hero), Sir Hugh Springer, Sir Frank Walcott and Charles Duncan O’Neal are remembered and celebrated for their respective contributions to the development of the island.
Along with the national observances, it is also an occasion for people to attend picnics, fairs and other fun activities.
Prescod took pride of place at St Mary’s Anglican Church, where his body is interred, at a National Heroes Thanksgiving Service yesterday afternoon. A wreath was laid on the tomb at the foot of a hanging mural-sized image of the great man, described by Reverend Canon Dr Noel Titus as one who carried his unblemished integrity to his grave.
Here, Prescod’s descendant Brenda Trotman (centre) laying a wreath under the watchful eyes of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley (second right), St Mary’s rector Reverend Von E. Watson, and MP for the City of Bridgetown Patrick Todd.