The Order of National Hero is an honour awarded by the government of Jamaica. It is a part of the Jamaican honours system that has been in place since 1969.
The highest of the five Jamaican Orders of the Societies of Honour, the Order of National Hero is given only to Jamaican citizens for "services of the most distinguished nature" to the nation. It can be awarded either posthumous or on occasion of the recipient's retirement from active public life. Recipients are permitted to wear the insignia of the Order, and they are given the style "Right Excellent". They are also traditionally honored with a tomb or monument in National Heroes Park, as well as a plaque or shield displayed in some prominent national place, such as the Institute of Jamaica.
The Order of National Hero was created by the "National Honours and Awards Act", which was passed by Parliament in 1969. This act also designated Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, and Marcus Garvey as the first three recipients of the honour.
The insignia of the Order of National Hero is a twelve-pointed gold and white star, centered on a black enameled medallion. The... Read More