Service was not in vain
IT PAID off for many Jamaicans who have given and continue to give long and selfless service to the country, as they were recognised at a ceremony of investiture and presentation of national honours and awards at King’s House yesterday. The Gleaner was there and captured some of the memorable scenes presented on this page and on A7.
Rexton Ralston Fernando Gordon, known on the dancehall scene as Shabba Ranks, proudly walks across the lawns of King’s House after receiving the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer yesterday.
From left: Lieutenant L.James and Second Lieutenant T. Panton are assigned the responsibility to carry the Queen’s Colours and the Regimental Colours, respectively. This was the first time that two female soldiers were performing this duty at a ceremony of investiture and presentation of national honours and awards.
Marlene Street Forrest is recognised for her outstanding leadership in the growth of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the Order of Distinction (commander class).
Diana McCaulay receives the Order of Distinction (officer class) for her contribution to the protection of the environment.
For his contribution to the Electoral Commission and the legal profession, Senator Thomas George Lewis Tavares-Finson receives the Order of Distinction (commander class).
Master broadcaster and journalist Cliff Hughes is now Clifton Gladstone Patrick Hughes, CD.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has a special word for Ken Baugh, a former minister of health and one of four persons receiving the Order of Jamaica award yesterday.
Audia Spencer thrills with her musical selection.
The highly successful Adam Stewart is recognised for outstanding contribution to tourism and the hotel industry with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.
Marcha Thomas is invested with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for her contribution to the Jamaican foreign service.
The former speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart, stands tall with more than 20 years of service to Parliament and his CD award.
He is regarded as ‘Mr Protocol’ in many circles, and yesterday, Frank Merrick Needham received the Order of Distinction (commander class) for his outstanding service to the public service through his shared expertise in state protocol and logistics.