Heroes Day to celebrate Coat of Arms

| 29/11/2018

(CNS Local Life): Vestrymen and Justices of the Peace who were instrumental in getting into place the Coat of Arms for the Cayman Islands will be honoured at the 2019 Heroes Day. The Cayman Islands is in the midst of the Celebrate Cayman initiative, which recognises the 14 May 1958 conferral of the Cayman Islands’ Coat of Arms by Queen Elizabeth II.

Cabinet has approved changing the theme for  2019 Heroes Day to “Celebrating the Creation of our Coat of Arms”, from the previous choice, “Pioneers in Maritime Heritage”, stated a press release. Maritime pioneers will be recognised in the 2021 Heroes Day ceremony.

“Our Coat of Arms is the Cayman Islands’ first internationally recognised symbol of identity and its rich imagery tells the story of who we are, our history, our culture, our earliest industries, our constitutional relationship and our faith,” the release said.

Premier Alden McLaughlin noted, “The grant of the Coat of Arms represents the seminal moment that started the chain of events that placed the Cayman Islands on the path to modernity.”

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Coat of Arms, there have been Celebrate Cayman activities throughout the year focused on engaging, educating, and inspiring youth; celebrating our diversity and encouraging connection; establishing a spirit of cultural community; and discovering the Cayman Islands’ colourful history, and engendering national pride, the release said.

“The National Heroes Day is a highlight of our cultural calendar each year,” said Minister of Culture Dwayne Seymour. “The ministry looks forward to working with the Protocol Office to ensure the 2019 event comes together adeptly and that the pioneers who saw the Coat of Arms instated, are duly recognised.”

Key milestones followed the grant of the Coat of Arms, including the First Constitution on 4 July, 1959, and the choice to remain part of the UK following Jamaica’s decision to become independent in 1962. “These milestones were fundamental to the development of the Cayman Islands that we know and love today and were built on the foundation of the Coat of Arms our symbol of national identity,” the release said.

The granting of the Constitution will be the theme of the 2020 National Heroes Day.

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