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National heroes honored

Twenty-one Bahamians received national honors at Government House yesterday, but Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis also took time to honor the many heroes of Hurricane Dorian.

The Office of the Prime Minister yesterday launched a social media campaign to honor heroes of Hurricane Dorian, according to Minnis.

He noted that there were “many other heroes who demonstrated courage” during and after Hurricane Dorian – the worst storm in Bahamian history.

Among those heroes, according to Minnis, were healthcare providers, defense force officers, and private citizens.

“On Grand Bahama and Abaco, many citizens saved other people’s lives, by taking them into their homes, where some survived for days before floodwaters receded,” the prime minister said.

“Some Bahamians took to jet skis and small boats to rescue others. Others, knocked on doors to evacuate neighbors, children, the elderly, and the infirm.

“Beginning today, through various social media, the Office of the Prime Minister will recognize and recall the examples of a number of these heroes.

“Their stories exemplify the courage of many, many, other Bahamian heroes. Such service and courage is a powerful demonstration of the best of the Bahamian spirit and the spirit of one Bahamas.”

Among those receiving national honors yesterday were Dr. Phillip Rahming, the author of the national pledge; and Frank Watson, a former deputy prime minister.

During his speech at the investiture of National Honours 2019, Minnis noted that many of the honorees have “exemplified excellence in various fields of endeavor”.

“…Ladies and gentlemen, today’s honorees are also people of courage, who have demonstrated this master virtue and other virtues, such as generosity, justice, and fortitude,” Minnis said.

“They have demonstrated courage in the exercise of religious and pastoral ministry; the promotion of cultural and national development; the service of others through political, public, civic and community service; the chronicling of our history and the preservation of our national treasures, including artifacts and archives; the preservation and protection of our natural built environment; and the pursuit of excellence in education, commerce and athletics.”

The list of those to receive national heroes honors was released in July.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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