The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission and the Antigua and Barbuda Trades and Labour Union have organized three events marking V.C. Bird Day and the 110th anniversary of the birth of the Father of the Nation, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird.
Sir Vere, the country’s only Chief Minister, First Premier and First Prime Minister is considered the Father of the Nation for his work in trade unionism and the development of Antigua and Barbuda. He is also the first National Hero of Antigua and Barbuda.
The Commission announced that the first event was in the form of an Awards Banquet on Saturday, during which 17 individuals from the 17 constituencies across Antigua and Barbuda received the Right Honourable Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Snr Award for contributions to the development of their communities and Antigua and Barbuda.
Four individuals, Colin Stevens, Robert Joshua, Peter Leonard and Danie Horsford received the award for their contributions toward the development of the trade union movement in Antigua and Barbuda.
On Sunday, an ecumenical service was held at the Salvation Army Citadel, commencing at 10 a.m. to celebrate the work of Sir Vere in the Church and Antigua and Barbuda. Sir Vere was a Salvationist during his teenage years preceding his entry into trade unionism.
On Monday, the Commission has organized a Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony, which will hear remarks from Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, E.P. Chet Greene, Senator Knacynter Nedd, Ambassador Maria Esther Fiffe Cabreja, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Antigua and Barbuda, Raena Bird and Hezikiah Lewis of the Antigua and Barbuda Trades and Labour Union.
Members of Parliament, diplomats and invited guests will then lay wreaths at the monument of Sir Vere located on Market Street in St. John’s. The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda will also present a guard of honour during the ceremony.