National Heroes DayMay 1, 2008
Let’s review National Heroes Day. My understanding is that it is to be an annual holiday to honour a different Bermudian icon. However, according to Mr. Butler a national hero may only actually be named every three or ten years. The national committee already established for the naming of buildings will be making the recommendations to Government as to who we honour on this day. There’s already been a big out-cry about axing the Queen’s birthday in June in order to celebrate National Heroes Day in October. I don’t see why we can’t find better ways of paying homage to those who have made a difference on this island and leave our public holidays out of it.
Instead of paying tribute to these heroes for a single day and then quickly forget about them and their contributions; it seems Bermuda could find better ways to honour those that have greatly contributed to this island. The Bermuda Bar Association has created a new scholarship in honour of Dame Lois Browne-Evans. This, to me, seems to be a better way to honour her given that she was Bermuda’s first female barrister. In addition, it means all those applying for the scholarship will read up on her, keeping her contributions alive for upcoming generations.