The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has organized a Floral Tribute and a Remembrance Service for Sunday, February 24 to commemorate the 129th Anniversary of the birth of National Hero and Jamaica’s first Prime Minister, The Right Excellent, Sir Alexander Bustamante. The Floral Tribute will be held at the National Heroes Park in Kingston starting at 8 a.m., while the Remembrance Service will be held at his birth place, Blenheim, Hanover at 12 noon.
The Floral Tributes will be led by the Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness. Other Members of Government and the Diplomatic Corp will also offer tributes during the one hour ceremony. Minister of Youth & Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna will deliver the welcome and opening remarks, while students from Vauxhall and Ardenne High Schools will present musical tributes.
The commemoration will continue in Hanover, with a Remembrance Service organized in conjunction with the Hanover Parish Council. The service will feature reflections on Bustamante, “the Politician”, “the Trade Unionist” and “A Man of all Times” to be delivered by Alden Brown, Vice-President, Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), Herbie Morris, Vice-President, National Workers Union and Paula Kerr Jarrett, Caretaker, Eastern Hanover. The main message will come from Rev. Augustine Haye of the Kendal Weslyan Holiness Church.