When it comes to holidays, Antigua and Barbuda has taken the cake among its Caricom counterparts, so adding another holiday to the already 14 being observed may never happen. At least not for the observance of National Heroes Day.
Suggestions have been made over and over for the government to make October 26th a national holiday. That day has been set aside to recognize the national heroes of the country.
Three days ago the nation celebrated National Heroes Day and, once again, discussions over making October 26 a national holiday have arisen.
But the Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst said this is unlikely.
“I can tell you that we are not likely to have a public holiday for National Heroes Day. Antigua and Barbuda has 14 holidays a year now, a little bit more than our Caricom counterparts. the business community in Antigua frowns a little bit on it, and we have occasionally created new holidays during the year; they have popped up for some reason or the other, like the death of Sir Lester Bird and our monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,” Hurst said.
Hurst said, “we created or rather we decreed that these were supposed to be holidays, but the idea is to keep the number at its present scale,”.
Meanwhile, Hurst said there are also no plans to erect monuments to commemorate Sir Lester Bird or Dame Nellie Robinson.
Only Sir Vere Cornwall Bird and Sir George Walter are buried at Tomlinson’s site – National Heroes Park.