There is something to be said about a uniform – beyond the clichés. National Heroes Day was celebrated this morning at King’s House in Jamaica in the usual pomp and pageantry. Resplendent in theirs, uniformed men and women from the army, coast guard, police force, and fire department alternated on the platform with appropriately suited civilians to receive special recognitions from our Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen.
King's House, the official residence of the Governor General of Jamaica. Its sprawling lawns provide a beautiful setting for the annual National Heroes Day Awards Ceremony.
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Awards and honours were this year bestowed on over 152 Jamaicans who have served Jamaica for long, distinguished service, for impromptu acts of bravery, and for excellence in their careers, whether in the private or public sectors. Some citations gave you chills while some warmed our hearts. Some added smiles, some rose special applause. All confirmed a knowing that Jamaicans are beautiful people at heart; creative, industrious, talented, brave and honourable. The civility of the ceremony, the order and appropriateness of it all, was a perfect match for the breath of fresh air that wafted under the sunny skies of Kingston.