Barbadians are being invited to nominate their fellow citizens for the 2010 National Independence Awards.

Nominees should be outstanding in sport, science, the arts, culture and civic or other areas, or have provided meritorious service in the military or protective services.

The categories and criteria include: Knight/Dame of St. Andrew, which is awarded for outstanding and extraordinary achievement and merit in service to Barbados and humanity at large; Companion of Honour of Barbados, presented for distinguished national achievement and merit and the Crown of Merit, given in two grades (gold and silver) for highly meritorious service or achievement in science, the arts, literature, sport, civic duties or any other endeavour worthy of national recognition. Honorary awards may be made to persons in these areas who are not citizens of Barbados.

Other honours include the Barbados Service award, presented in two grades (service star and service medal) for meritorious work in civil, fire, military, police, prison or other protective services or in any other field of endeavour. However, there are no honorary or posthumous awards in this category.

The Barbados Bravery Medal is given for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. This decoration may be given posthumously.

Nomination forms and pre-addressed envelopes are available from the Cabinet Office, Government Headquarters, as well as at all Post Offices, Branch Libraries and Cave Shepherd’s Information Desk, Broad Street.

Completed forms must be submitted by Friday, July 30 to: The Secretary, National Honours and Decorations Advisory Council, The Cabinet office, Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St. Michael.

For more information, please telephone 429-5908 or 436-6435 exts. 5107/5296.??

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