Just over 200 Jamaicans were today recognized at the 2018 National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House.
Among the awardees were Actress Grace Jones, Singer/Actor Harry Belafonte, National Swimmer Alia Atkinson and retired Deputy Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant.
More than a dozen Jamaicans were acknowledged for their gallantry and several others for their prowess in Sports and the arts.
Jamaica today celebrated its heroes past and present with National Awards and Honours at King’s House.
Thirteen members of the Jamaica Defence Force, JDF; 21 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF and 14 members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade were conferred with the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service.
Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Novelette Grant, received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer, for sterling contribution to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Additionally, Corporals Malachi Davis and Omar Wilson of the Jamaica Defence Force, JDF, and Inspector Allison Grant-Johnson, of the JCF, received the medal of Honour for Gallantry.
But, at the top of this year’s list was world famous actor, singer, songwriter and social activist, Harry Belafonte who was the sole awardee in 2018 to receive the Order of Merit, OM. He’s popularly known for his 1950’s hit, Banana Boat Song. It’s the fourth highest order of the land.
Mr Belafonte earned the award for his outstanding contribution in the field of music. Four persons were appointed Members of the Order of Jamaica, OJ.
Among them Earl Jarrett, CD, for his contribution to the banking and financial sectors, public service and volunteerism; and Grace Jones, for her contribution in the field of entertainment internationally.
Meanwhile, 31-persons received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander, CD, and 36-persons received the Order of Distinction, OD, in the Rank of Officer for outstanding work in various fields.
Media Personalities, Mr Walter ‘Bob’ Clarke received the Order of Distinction Officer Class for service to the Entertainment Industry, especially, Broadcasting along with Mr Dermot Hussey for service to Radio Broadcasting and the promotion of Jamaican Music.
Other awardees include Alia Atkinson who received the Order of Distinction Commander Class for her stellar accomplishments in the swimming pool.
Entertainer, Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster received the Order of Distinction in the Officer Class for work in the music industry.
Nineteen individuals received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, while 30 persons received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.