National Heroes Day to honour pioneers in Cayman’s society

On Monday, 27 January, National Heroes Day will celebrate pioneers who contributed to the creation of the first written Constitution of the Cayman Islands, and the first four women who bravely stood in the 1959 general election, reflecting upon the journey to modern-day Cayman.

The celebrations will be hosted by the premier Alden McLaughlin and MLA Dwayne Seymour, kicking-off at 9 a.m. in Heroes Square. Attendees are asked to be seated by 8:30 am. The dress code is business attire and hats are optional.

Highlights of this year’s celebrations will include pre-entertainment by Triple C School, a walk-past by primary and secondary school children in a flag procession, as well as the traditional parade which will include contingents of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Cayman Islands Fire Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Cadet Corps, Girls Brigade, Scouts, and the Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders.

There will also be a special ceremony to honour and memorialise Cayman’s National Heroes. Laying of wreaths and a moment of silence will also be observed to commemorate the country’s deceased nation builders.

“We have so much to celebrate this year as we recognise those vestrymen and Justices of the Peace who understood the importance of the Cayman Islands being protected by a written constitution, as well as the women of these islands who fought for their right to be counted and bravely stood in the 1959 general election,” said the premier.

Dwayne Seymour added: “National Heroes Day is the largest official event hosted by the Cayman Islands Government to pay homage to the great stewards of our heritage and culture. As Minister for Culture I am proud to be one of the hosts again this year.”

In case of inclement weather, the event will be hosted from inside the First Baptist Church.

Following the ceremony, the public is invited to stay for live music and free local cuisine, and to tour the exhibits at George Town Library and Constitutional Hall, formerly George Town Hall.