Former Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird, was among four nationals who were knighted during the recent Ceremonial Parade to mark the 33rd anniversary of Independence recently.
Bird was named Knight of the Most Exalted Order of National Hero (KNH) for his contribution to national development as an outstanding sportsman, lawyer and parliamentarian for 38 years – Antigua and Barbuda’s highest honor.
The two-term prime minister, who joined the ranks of his father, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Sr. and cricket legend, Sir Vivian Richards, the only other living national hero said he was “proud and humbled” with the recent accolade.
Veteran surgeon Dr. Cuthwin Leonard Lake was named Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation for contributions to national development in the field of medicine.
Proprietor of Harney Motors Ltd, Ewart Harney, was also recognized for his contribution to entrepreneurship and community service. He was named Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation, KCN.
Also receiving high honors was JM Eusalyn Lewis, who was named Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (DCN) for her contributions to public services, education the church and community development.
They are among 21 others who received national awards.