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October Is Nat’l Heroes Month

They are the sons and daughters of The Bahamas who have molded The Bahamas into what it is today, however, they are often forgotten.

But, members of the National Heroes Committee are hoping that changes soon.

On Wednesday, the committee held a proclamation ceremony to declare Heroes Day and October as National History Month.

Students of Simpson Penn School for Boys, Willimae Pratt Centre for Girls, Aquinas College and Government High.

Founder of the committee, Loretta Butler-Turner made several suggestions to Prime Minister Perry Christie on how The Bahamas could remember not only her grandfather – first Bahamian Governor General of The Bahamas Sir Milo Butler – but all of the heroes of the country.

“We honour them as a means of inspiring current and future generations to common loftier goals. In failing to honour them we do a disservice to their legacies. We show ourselves to be ungrateful and the inability to recognise the genius and giftedness native and inherent on our land The Bahamas,” he said.

“It is past time that we honour a sacred trust to tell the next generation our Bahamian story. We need to do so through words, monuments, and other means. We have talked long enough of a national history park. We’ve talked so long that people have stopped listening. I say enough talk, time for action.”

Prime Minister Christie gave the students a peek into his past and said that many of the national heroes played a vital role in helping him become the country’s leader.

He stressed that he supports the work of the committee and made promises to further its work through legislation.

“Yes, it is time for us to have a national park,” he said. “We will do that in a very meaningful and we will identify places for a national park on every Family Island.”

Mr. Christie said plans are already underway for 40th Independence celebrations and Sir Sidney Poitier is the first person who will be commemorated.

The National Heroes Committee has been agitating for more national heroes recognition over the past 23 years.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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