Sunday 15 December, 2019

New National Honour added - The Order of the Freedom of Barbados

National awards are the highest form of recognition of deeds by outstanding Barbadians in numerous sectors and every day life.

Below are the awards conferred on Independence Day 2019, as Barbados marks 53 years of independence.

What is the new Order of the Freedom of Barbados National Honour?

The Order of the Freedom of Barbados National Honour was constituted by the Order of Freedom of Barbados Act dated August 15, 2019.

The Order of the Freedom of Barbados Act provides for the establishment of the Order of the Freedom of Barbados.  It may be conferred upon any Barbadian citizen who has distinguished himself by extraordinary service to Barbados, the Caribbean Diaspora or to humanity at large.  A person upon whom the Order has been conferred shall be referred to as the “The Most Honourable”, and may use the post nominal “FB” after the surname.

When did National Honours commence?

The Barbados National Honours and Decorations system was instituted by Letters Patent dated July 25, 1980.

How many categories of awards are there under the Order of Barbados?

The Letters Patent provide, inter alia, for the establishment of the Order of Barbados in which there are four (4) classes of awards:

  1.    Knight or Dame of St. Andrew;
  2.    Companion of Honour of Barbados;
  3.    The Crown of Merit in two grades – Gold and Silver; and
  4.    The Barbados Service Award in two grades – The Star and Medal.

When did the Barbados Star of Gallantry, the Barbados Bravery Medal and the Service Medal of Honour come into circulation?

The Barbados Star of Gallantry, the Barbados Bravery Medal and the Service Medal of Honour were also instituted by Letters Patent dated
July 25, 1980.

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