Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 16, 2021 (SKNVIBES)

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris used the occasion of today, National Heroes Day, to issue a clarion call to all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis, at home and abroad, to be true heroes to the twin island Federation. “To succeed in the herculean task of nation-building, we need commitment to start, but perseverance to finish. Challenges may seem insurmountable; but we must remember, and know in our hearts, that heroism, true heroism, is not the absence of fear, or even failure. It is finding the courage to do what is needed, when needed most, in spite of the fears and doubting Thomases. It involves restarting, recommitting, and trying again after a failure. It is getting up one more time after being knocked down; because you know that a person, a family, a team, a community, a country, depends on your standing at that time and in that moment.

Dr. Harris was at the time delivering remarks at the annual National Heroes Day Ceremony at the National Heroes Park to honour the invaluable sacrifice and contributions to nation-building by five outstanding sons of the soil, namely: the late Right Excellencies Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, Sir C. A. Paul Southwell, Sir Joseph N. France and Sir Simeon Daniel, as well as the Right Excellent and Right Honourable Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds, the only living National Hero.