Barbadians were challenged to follow the examples of the 10 local heroes yesterday as the island celebrated National Heroes Day with a church service at the Western Light Church of the Nazarene.
The challenge was issued by Acting Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Senator Patrick Todd, as he delivered remarks at the service at the West Terrace, St. James church.
“We set aside today, Heroes Day, to reflect on the fundamental importance of the world of our national heroes.
The chronology and diverse areas of work of our 10 national heroes, trace the long journey of struggle and progress from the Right Excellent General Bussa’s field of battle, to the Right Excellent Gary Sobers’ stroke of genius on the cricket fields around the globe.
“As we pay tribute to these heroes, we cannot forget our greatest hero, the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, only just a few weeks ago, we would have highlighted the ultimate sacrifice of the life of the Lord’s only begotten son Jesus Christ, by crucifixion, for the sake of human kind. For it is through him, the risen Christ, that we are truly set free,” he said.
He told the congregation as well: “In view of the fact that we are a people struggling to make our way in rapidly changing and difficult social, cultural and economic circumstances globally, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth invites every individual and institution — Government, the private sector and civil society — to follow the examples set by our heroes by thinking deeply about what it means to be emancipated and to live as free people, thinking freely and creatively, and acting productively for self-determination, since this is the surest path to prosperity while avoiding new forms of cultural and economic enslavement.”
Now is the time, he challenged, to internalise the full significance and meaning of emancipation and freedom.
“Real freedom comes with the responsibility of self-determination. The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow advocated this. The Right Excellent General Bussa died for this cause.”
The service heard as well from Pastor Carlyle Isaac who challenged the island’s people to step forward in righteousness as heroes for this and the next generations; and from the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, which played a number of stirring selections of worship, including He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, God and God Alone and You Raised Me Up.
The worship team was led by Vaneisha Cadogan and Adrian Clarke gave a tribute of The Impossible Dream in honour of the 10 national heroes. (LB)