Former Governor’s General Their Excellencies Sir Orville Turnquest and Arthur Hanna were formally installed as members of the Order of the Nation.
The installation took place at Government House on Thursday.
Governor General, Her Excellency, the Most Honorable Dame Marguerite Pindling, who became Chancellor of the Societies of Honour, pinned the incoming members.
Sir Orville Turnquest was the sixth Governor General and the Honorable A. D. Hanna the eighth. Both men became the first to be honored following the introduction of indigenous national honours.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said the introduction of a national honor system was overdue in an independent Bahamas. He said Sir Orville and A. D. Hanna played essential roles in the development of a vibrant parliamentary democracy and party system.
“Both men generously lent their ideals and their considerable talents and intellect to political and national development, including the struggle for equality,” he said.
“Sir Orville Turnquest and the Hon. Arthur Hanna served in parliament, and in the cabinet of The Bahamas. Both played essential roles in the development of a vibrant parliamentary democracy and party system. It is so wonderful that these men are still happily with us, and that we are able to celebrate with them their investiture as Members of the Order of the Nation. I know that your respective families and your Bahamian family are proud of you, and are grateful for your dedicated service over more than six decades.”