National Heroes Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Saint Kitts and Nevis Since 1998, Saint Kitts and Nevis has observed 16 September as “National Heroes Day”. At present, there are five citizens who have been given The Order of National Hero which is the highest order of merit awarded by the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Hodge explained there had been many calls for local history to be included in the national education curriculum. It is a time when people from all walks of life are given awards for their positive contributions to the national good. Born on August 22, 1934 in the St. Thomas Parish, he was a founding member of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in 1970. In 2004 on the eve of celebrations to mark the 21st Anniversary of Independence, Mr. Southwell was given the title of Knight Commander of the National Hero posthumously and dubbed Sir Paul Southwell. In 2004, France was posthumously granted the title of National Hero by the National Assembly and is honoured annually on National Heroes Day. When the territories of the English Speaking Caribbean formed themselves into the West Indies Federation in 1958, Robert Bradshaw ran for one of the legislative positions which he won and eventually became the Minister of Finance within the federal government which was headquartered in Trinidad. This paper later evolved into the Labour Spokesman where France worked until the time of his death some four decades later. The working class had no representative there by the chosen by the working masse. “It’s a place where our children have to be brought to, especially those in the rural area,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, William V. Hodge. Today we profile The Right Excellent, Dr. Sir Simeon Daniel, who became a National Hero in 2013. Born in 1913, Southwell held … He had four children. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the “Labour Spokesman,” the official organ of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and contributed regularly to its publication. He also founded the Bank of Nevis, and was an original member of the Nevis Reformation Party. He had five other siblings. A Visitor’s Centre at the park features additional information about the nation builders. As a result a new party emerged, headed by Vance Amory who in the early 1980s served as one of his Permanent Secretaries. It is said that the sinking of the Christena Ferry changed many lives in both St. Kitts and Nevis and that it also was a turning point for the political climate in the State. His first daughter, Etsu Bradshaw, is from an earlier relationship. The order was founded in 1998. When the Workers League, Which is now the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, was founded in 1932 it tried to recruit some of the strongest advocates for change. BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Heroes Park serves as a tangible link to the past of the twin-island Federation and is a valuable teaching tool for the younger generation. Today we profile The Right Excellent, Sir Joseph Nathaniel France who became a National Hero in 2004. Many have described him as a man of great integrity, honesty and void of ambitions for personal wealth and power. In 1944, Southwell became an employee of the Saint Kitts Sugar Factory where he worked as a timekeeper and assistant stock clerk until the end of the sugar factory workers strike in 1948, which he was very instrumental in. After the death of Mr. Sebastian in 1944, “The Union Messenger” was edited by Mr. France until the newspaper ceased publication in the 1960’s. Two years another kind of crisis faced the leaders of the Labour Movement. Affectionately known as the "Father of Independence," Bradshaw served as the first Premier of St. Kitts from 1967 until his death in 1978. During the well-known Buckley’s Rebellion in 1935, France found himself in the vanguard trying to make peace, but the colonial rulers instead of listening to the demands for more acceptable wages and conditions, turned to violence killing some of the strikers. When he came to St. Kitts in 1920 it was simply for his school vacation but the young France convinced his parents, Thomas and Mary France, to allow him to stay in the island with relatives in New Town, East Basseterre, once he agreed to stay in school and continue his education by attending evening classes. In hopes of having even more extensive constitutional changes, Southwell lead a delegation to London in 1959 which resulted in the introduction granting a full ministerial system in 1960. But after that, the first electioneering campaign under the new constitution in 1937 was a political confrontation of great magnitude. Six years after starting his work at the factory and at the age of 24, Mr. Bradshaw, in 1940, found himself at the forefront of a major strike for higher wages. When nothing else could calm the situation, the Government asked the leaders to make an appeal to the people to end the unrest. He also helped to enact legislation in the country providing for the National Provident Fund, Protection of wages, minimum wages for Domestic Servants and Shop Assistants, Acquisition of Sugar Lands in St. Kitts, Re-cast of the Education System, Central Marketing Corporation (CEMACO) etc. California Burnin’, Now Oregon’s Forests Fuel Deadly Fires. He rose from a member of the Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Legislative Council to become First Minister of Communications and Works; Chief Minister of Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla; and, ultimately, Premier of St. Kitts. that time he also functioned as Associate Editor of The Union Messenger. With Bradshaw in the Federal House in Trinidad, Southwell became Chief Minister, a post he held until 1966. Thereafter, he managed to gain his Leeward Islands Teacher’s Certificate in 1957. It brought the industrial emancipation of the working class. The Industrial Park in in East Basseterre St. Kitts was named in his honor after his death. After establishing his law firm, Daniel focused on his practice and by 1996 he welcomed into his Chambers a young lawyer by the name of Mark Brantley, forming the firm, Daniel, Brantley & Associates. It was this time at the factory that Bradshaw became more involved in the affairs of workers’ rights. After the death of Mr. Sebastian in 1944, “The Union Messenger” was edited by Mr. France until the newspaper ceased publication in the 1960’s. The need for trade union laws, workmen’s compensation, land settlement, slum clearance, better health and educational facilities etc., were stressed by the delegation. He attended St. Paul’s Primary School and completed seventh grade; the highest level of primary education available in Saint Kitts at the time. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 16TH 2011 (CUOPM) – Two of St. Kitts and Nevis’ three national heroes made birthdays on September 16th – National Heroes Day. His attempts at taking the State into independence never materialized, largely because of the unwillingness of the people of both Anguilla and Nevis to be enjoined in his move to full nationhood. In 1985, he was instrumental in establishing the Bank of Nevis Ltd. He had a record 38 years as a member of parliament. September 16 officially became National Hero’s Day. The need for trade union laws, workmen’s compensation, land settlement, slum clearance, better health and educational facilities etc., were stressed by the delegation. His entry into the teaching profession began at the age of 13 but he moved on to join what was then the Leeward Islands Police Force, in 1938, at the age of 25. The same year, he took up employment as a clerk at the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union. Southwell pioneered the economic diversification in St. Kitts & Nevis. He was the one who was said to have the vision for a diversified economy, blending tourism with sugar and agriculture. He was a man of humble beginnings. As the name suggests, serves as the people’s forum, allowing everyone and anyone to express their views about any subject of importance to them. His mother, a domestic worker, became the caretaker at a guest house at the Factory and a young Robert Bradshaw moved in with her. He was also served as the General Secretary for the St. Kitts & Nevis Trades and Labour Union. The site is also a channel for public discussion and social interaction and it provides opportunities for readers throughout the world to express their opinions, in a free, fair and balanced manner. He was raised by his grandmother after his father, a blacksmith, moved to the United States when he was only nine months old. Bradshaw began working at the age of 16 as a machine apprentice at the St. Kitts Sugar Factory. Paul Southwell was a policeman, politician, teacher, trade unionist and sports administrator. But his move up the ranks of the trade union was swift and within four (4) years, in 1944, after the sudden death of then president, Joseph Matthew Sebastian, (the father of former Governor General Sir Cuthberth Sebastian), Robert Bradshaw was elevated to the top post of the union, where he served as president until the time of his death, some 34 years later.