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Jamaica is ready for another National Hero. The time is right. This is your opportunity to make this happen by signing this petition.
A hero is a person who is admired and acknowledged for their courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities.
When we add the word ‘National’ the definition now emphasizes the country of origin, the development of that country, the fight and achievements on behalf of that country.
The Bermudan definition says “A National Hero is someone who … has made significant positive contributions to the growth and development of society, and represents all of us.
To know our heroes is to know ourselves: our values, our collective history, who we are, ….. our history, heritage, and culture.
Join us and sign the petition to make Miss Lou the next National Hero.
Patty one of the originators of this petition points out;
"The first QUALIFICATION- (You) have to be DEAD!!"
In ‘the Past’, England called it’s heroes Knights awarding Knighthood to living Heroes like PIRATES – Sir Walter Raleigh. EXPLORERS – Sir Henry Morgan, Admiral Rodney.
This changed when Queen Elizabeth the second began awarding Entertainers eg. The Beetles, Sir Paul MacCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber.
When one became a Governor in a British Colony, one was Knighted. Sir Alexander Bustamante was Knighted when he became the 1st PM of Independent Jamaica.
Sir Donald Sangster PM, was knighted on his death bed just after forming his Cabinet.
So once Jamaica moved from Knights being the greatest thing to Heroes, there are 2 important things to bear in mind. The person must be dead and their contribution is outstanding, impacting the history and culture of the people, be internationally acclaimed in their particular field and leaves you in some awe that someone could really do this.
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