Barbadians are being invited to nominate fellow citizens for the 2011 National Independence Honours.

Nominees should be outstanding in sports, science, the arts, culture, and civic or other areas, or have provided meritorious service in the military or protective services. Five categories are available. They are: Knight/Dame of St. Andrew-awarded for outstanding and extraordinary achievement and merit in service to Barbados and humanity at large; and Companion of Honour of Barbados – awarded for distinguished national achievement and merit.

Other categories are: The Crown of Merit – awarded 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 in these categories may also be made to persons who are not citizens of Barbados.

The Barbados Service Award-given 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. (No honorary awards or posthumous awards are made in this category, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, NULL, NULL, 0); the Barbados Bravery Medal – 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 all Post Offices, Branch Libraries and Cave Shepherd’s Information Desk, Broad Street, The City.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by Friday, July 29 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 429-5908 or 436-6435 exts.5107/5296.

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