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Just under two hundred Jamaicans were  officially recognized on Monday by the Government for their contribution to nation building.

One hundred and eighty Jamaicans were honoured on Monday  – National Heroes Day – at the National Honours and Awards ceremony  to be held on the lawns of King’s House – the official residence of the Governor General.

One hundred and fifty-two civilians received civil honours including the Order of Merit, Order of Jamaica, Order of Distinction (commander and officer class) and the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.

These civil honours may be conferred on a citizen of Jamaica or another country, who has achieved eminent local or international distinction in areas including Science, and the Arts, Literature, among others.

The highest civilian honour, which is the Order of Merit, was conferred posthumously on Dr. Olive Lewin, for her distinguished service in the fields of Folk Music Research and Performance, and Music Education.

Lewin, who founded the Jamaican Folk Singers, is already a member of the classes of the Order of Jamaica and the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.

Monday’s ceremony featured 27 members of the uniformed service, including the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the  Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),the Department of Correctional Services and the Jamaica Fire Brigade, will receive medals of honour for gallantry and meritorious service.

The badge of honour for gallantry is conferred upon persons who have performed acts of gallantry or heroism or who have shown great courage in circumstances of extreme danger.

Civil honours are awarded on the advice of the Prime Minister to the Governor-General based on nominations received from members of the public or Members of Parliament, Mayors and Custodes.

Jamaica has seven National Heroes  – Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Washington Manley, Paul Bogle, Marcus Garvey, Nanny of the Maroons, George William Gordon and Sam Sharpe.


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