(CMR) Seafarers from the various districts throughout the Cayman Islands will be honored at special celebrations from 15 – 29 November. Former pioneers of the seafaring industry, or their surviving loved ones, are invited to attend the celebrations in recognition of the nation-building contributions made during their times of service.
The Cayman Islands Government has identified eligible recipients based on records retained by the Cayman Islands Seafarers Registry, previous National Heroes Day nominations, The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association, the Southwell Years book, Ms. Gwen Bush’s notebooks (currently held by the Cayman Islands National Archives), as well as other government records.
Celebrate Cayman most recently held a registration drive to ensure the Registry captured as many persons, whether alive or deceased, as possible. As a result, the Registry currently lists over three thousand names.
Executive Chairman for Celebrate Cayman Alfonso Wright thanked the Cayman Islands community for their response to the recent registration drive and invited the public to attend the district celebrations.
“The Cayman Islands would not be what we know it to be without the seafaring industry, and those brave persons who ventured away from the safety of our shores deserve recognition. I encourage the public to attend the celebrations so they can personally thank these heroes for their service and take a moment to appreciate our rich heritage”, he stated.
The schedule of celebrations is as follows:
To view the National Seafarers’ Registry, visit celebratecayman.ky.