Since 1998, Saint Kitts and Nevis has observed 16 September as “National Heroes Day”. The day was first made a holiday to honour Robert Bradshaw, the only official national hero at the time, and Bradshaw’s birthday is the reason for the holiday’s date.
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Robert Bradshaw is remembered for being the first premier over Saint Kitts and Nevis, during the time from 1967 to 1978. He was the number one leader of the nation’s independence movement.
In 2004, Paul Southwell was named a national hero. He was the second premier and a strong promoter of trade unions. In 2013, the list of national heroes grew to four with the addition of Simeon Daniel, a well-known politician and the first premier over the island of Nevis.
National Heroes Day is a time to remember more than just the four official national heroes. It is a time when people from all walks of life are given awards for their positive contributions to the national good. There are many special ceremonies held all over the country to honour present heroes and remember past ones.