Grange outlines slate of official activities over Heroes weekend
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced details of the observance of National Heritage Week this year under the theme, ‘Celebrating a Heritage of Resilience and Pride’, which culminates this weekend with the National Heritage Week Church Service, the annual wreath-laying Salute to the National Heroes, and the presentation of the National Honours and Awards.
“The National Heritage Week Church Service which will be held at the historic William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday, October 18, starting at 9:30 am, is one of the main events we are using to mark Trelawny’s 250th Anniversary. COVID 19 has negatively affected the year-round plans that the Trelawny Municipal Corporation had to celebrate this important milestone, leaving the church service as one of the main events,” said Grange in a statement.
“The service will also be used to observe International Rural Women's Day. The two women Members of Parliament (MP) from Trelawny – The Honourable Marisa Dalrymple Philibert, Speaker of the House of Representatives; and Tova Hamilton, new Member of Parliament, will be our special guests, representing the record number of women MPs currently serving in the Jamaican Parliament.
“The Custos of Trelawny, the Honourable Paul Muschett, will represent the Governor-General and will read his message; the Mayor of Falmouth, His Worship Councillor Collen Gager, will also bring greetings, while I will have remarks,” the minister added.
“The National Heritage Week Church Service will be streamed live on national television and across social media platforms worldwide.
“The wreath laying Salute to our National Heroes, which starts at 8:00 a.m. on National Heroes Day, October 19, will be carried live on Television Jamaica (TVJ), the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), and on various social media platforms,” added Grange.
“It will be followed immediately by the presentation of National Honours and Awards.
“The Governor-General, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, will lay the wreath at the Shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, while the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, will lay the wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante.
Member of Parliament, Phillip Paulwell, representing the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, will lay the wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent Noman Manley, with Senator Charles Sinclair, Deputy President of the Senate, representing Senate President, Thomas Tavares-Finson, laying the wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent Paul Bogle.
House Speaker Dalrymple-Phillibert will lay the wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent George William Gordon, while the Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, will lay the wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe.
Kingston Mayor, Delroy Williams, will lay the wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Right Excellent Nanny of the Maroons.
The presentation of the National Honours and Awards is to depart from the traditional custom of the governor-general physically conferring the awards. Instead, it will be a specially produced virtual event which will be aired on National Heroes Day, October 19, and will be available for viewing on national television and across various social media platforms. It is also being specially directed to Jamaicans in the Diaspora.