Tuesday, 20 October 2009

CULTURE NEWS: Over 100 receive national honours and awards

IT'S AN HONOUR: Usain Bolt OJ signs autographs for adoring fans at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony on Monday at King's House

More than 100 Jamaicans received national awards at the traditional investiture ceremony at King's House on Monday, National Heroes’ Day.

Chief among the honorees were celebrated West Indian poet, author and educator Professor Mervyn Morris, who was presented with the Order of Merit (OM), Jamaica’s third highest honour.

Olympic champion and the World's Fastest Man Usain Bolt became the youngest Jamaican to receive to be awarded the nation's fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ). He was among nine persons awarded the honour, which included a posthumous presentation to late broadcaster Wycliffe Bennett.

Seventeen persons were appointed to the Order of Distinction (OD) in the Rank of Commander, while 31 people became members of the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer.

Seven received the Badge of Honour for Gallantry, 16 were presented with the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service while another 23 received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.

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