Barbadians are being invited to nominate fellow citizens for the 2020 National Independence Honours and Decorations.

Nominations must be made and submitted online using an electronic form. The link to this online application may be found by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, September 12. No nominations will be accepted by mail.

The move to on-line submissions is to facilitate wider participation at home and from the diaspora, as well as to improve the processing and assessment of submissions.

Nominees for the 2020 Independence Honours should be outstanding in sport, science, the arts, culture and civic or other areas, or must have provided meritorious service in the military or protective services.

The Knight/Dame of St. Andrew is presented for outstanding and extraordinary achievement and merit in service to Barbados and humanity at large, while the Companion of Honour of Barbados will be awarded for distinguished national achievement and merit.      

The Crown of Merit, in gold and silver grades, is conferred for highly meritorious service or achievement in science, the arts, literature, sports, civic duties or any other endeavour worthy of national recognition.

Honorary awards may be made in the above categories to persons who are not citizens of Barbados. 

The Barbados Star of Gallantry may be awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

The Barbados Service Award is awarded in two grades – Service Star and Service Medal, and is presented for meritorious work in the civil, fire, military, police, prison or other protective services, or in any other field of endeavour. No honorary or posthumous awards are made in this category. 

The Barbados Bravery Medal is presented for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances and may be awarded posthumously. 

For further information, persons may call The Cabinet Office, Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St. Michael at 535-5385 or 535-5499, during office hours. 

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