(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 celebrations, set for Monday, 28 January. The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating the Creation of our Coat of Arms”, replacing “Pioneers in Maritime Heritage” who will be honoured at the 2021 Heroes Day ceremony.
Since last year, the Cayman Islands has been marking the 60th anniversary of the 14 May 1958 conferral of its Coat of Arms by Queen Elizabeth II.
The 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,” stated a National Heroes Day Committee press release.
To mark the anniversary, events have been organised that are “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 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,” said Premier Alden McLaughlin.
The granting of the Constitution will be the theme of the 2020 National Heroes Day.