Jamaica's National Honours and Awards

Monday, October 21, 2013

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The National Honours and Awards recognise those Jamaicans or foreign nationals who by their service have made a meaningful and significant contribution to national development.
Under the National Honours and Awards Act promulgated on
July 18, 1969, formal recognition of service to Jamaica and its citizens may be given by the conferment of the six (6) Orders of the Societies of Honour, and the two (2) national awards, which are as follows: The Orders of the Societies of Honour: • The Order of National Hero
• The Order of the Nation
• The Order of Excellence
• The Order of Merit
• The Order of Jamaica
• The Order of Distinction
The National Awards:
• The Badge of Honour
• The Medal of Honour
The Order of National Hero, established in 1969, is the highest of the Orders and may be conferred on any Jamaican or naturalised citizen who has rendered the most distinguished service to Jamaica. The recipient is styled 'The Right Excellent' and wears the insignia of the Order.
The motto of the Order, 'He Built A City Which Hath Foundations', is engraved on the insignia. Jamaicans on whom the Order of National Hero has been conferred are:
The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey
The Right Excellent George William Gordon
The Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante
The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley
The Right Excellent Paul Bogle
The Right Excellent Nanny of the Maroons
The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe


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