The new holiday was formally established last Thursday and signed by Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at the Government House.
Prime Minister Perry Christie spoke on the signing saying, “It really is a cause for celebration, the National Heroes Act will also establish the framework for the orderly, rational and systematic selection of our national heroes. The Order of National Hero will be at the apex of the now emerging indigenous honours system of the Bahamas.”
He continued saying, ““This particular honour will be reserved for ‘the greatest of the great’, be they living or dead. Indeed this honour is really only intended to be conferred on those citizens of the Bahamas who have so fundamentally influenced the course of Bahamian history or who have given such truly extraordinary service to the nation that they deserve to be elevated to the status of ‘National Hero of the Bahamas’, a status that will carry with it the right to be known and addressed as ‘Right Excellent’.”
Appointments to the Order of National Hero will be made by the Governor General who will serve as Chancellor of the Order.