NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Governor General Sir Cornelius A Smith yesterday conferred National Honours awards on ten Bahamians, including three posthumously, for exceptional service and significant contribution to national development during the country’s 2020 Investiture ceremony.
The medals and insignias were presented in three separate ceremonies in the ballroom of Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam, Thursday, November 19. The event was previously scheduled for National Heroes Day in October but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The honorees were as follows:
THE ORDER OF NATIONAL HERO
The Right Excellent Sir Randol Fawkes, NH (posthumously)
THE ORDER OF THE BAHAMAS
The Right Honourable John Henry Bostwick, CB
The Right Honourable Paul Adderley, CB (posthumously)
The Right Honourable Sir Alvin Braynen, CB (posthumously)
The Honourable Justice Rhonda Bain, OB
The Honourable Justice Claire Hepburn, OB
The Honourable Justice Jeanne Thompson, OB
THE ORDER OF EXCELLENCE
His Excellency the Honourable Frank Crothers, OE
THE ORDER OF DISTINCTION
Dr. David Allen, OD
THE ORDER OF MERIT
Rozelda Woodside, OM
According to a government statement, the ceremony was attended by Advisory Committee for National Honours Chairman and MP Mark Humes, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Raymond King, Police Commissioner Paul Rolle, Secretary to the Governor General Jack Thompson, Deputy Permanent Secretary Sherrilyn Wallace and family and friends of the honorees; and entertainment was provided by the Royal Bahamas Police Force band along with pianist Brandin Johnson and saxophonist Lynden Sands.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis thanked the honourees “for their service and love of country”.
Minnis said: “The Bahamas is fortunate that Sir Randol, the Hon Paul Adderley, Sir Alvin Braynen and the Hon J Henry Bostwick helped to secure democracy and the rule of law in The Bahamas”.
“Our greatest tribute to them is to follow their example in this and successive generations by safeguarding and upholding democratic values and norms.”