Barbadians are invited to nominate their fellow citizens for the 2013 National Independence Honours. 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 available this year are as follows: KNIGHT/DAME OF ST. ANDREW – awarded for outstanding and extra-ordinary achievement and merit in service to Barbados and humanity at large. COMPANION OF HONOUR OF BARBADOS – is awarded for distinguished national achievement and merit.

THE CROWN OF MERIT – is awarded in two grades (Gold & Silver) – for highly meritorious service or achievement in science, the arts, literature, sport, civic duties or any other endeavour worthy of national recognition. It should be noted that Honorary awards in the above mentioned categories may be made to persons who are not citizens of Barbados.

THE BARBADOS SERVICE AWARD – is awarded in two grades (Service Star and Service Medal) – for meritorious work in the civil, fire, military, police, prison or other protective services or in any other field of endeavour. However, no honorary awards or posthumous awards are made in this category. THE BARBADOS BRAVERY MEDAL – is given for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. This decoration may be awarded 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 nomination forms must be submitted by Wednesday, July 31, to: The Secretary, National Honours and Decorations, Advisory Council, The Cabinet Office, Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St Michael.

Further information may be obtained by calling 435-5589 or 436-6435 extensions 5107/5296 during office hours.

Author: Cabinet Office/Cathy Lashley

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