THE NATIONAL HONORS INVESTITURE CEREMONY 2023

National Heroes' Day in the Bahamas is celebrated every second Monday in October to honor individuals who, through personal achievements and initiatives, have contributed to the growth and development of the Bahamas. The National Honours Regulations 2017 were tabled in Parliament in December 2017 to enable the appointment of an advisory committee to make recommendations to the Prime Minister and Governor General of those who are worthy of a national award. The National Honours system is recognized as a means of expressing the gratitude of a nation for those who have given valuable service.

The Order of The Bahamas has three ranks of membership. The award of Order of Distinction also includes three ranks of membership Companion, Officer, or Member.

  1. Companion: A Companion is entitled to place the letters "C.D." after their name.
  2. Officer: An Officer is entitled to place the letters "O.D." after their name.
  3. Member: A member is also entitled to place the letters "D.M." after their name.

There are the Distinguished Service Medals in honor of exceptional service by Bahamians serving in Public Service, Military Service, Police, Fire and Prison Services, and Uniformed Services.

THE NATIONAL HEROS DAY HONOREES 2023

Order of Distinction - Companion

  1. Commissioner of Police, Clayton Leroy Fernander, KPM
  2. Commissioner of Police, Bernard Kenneth Bonamy (Retired) (Posthumously)
  3. Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Clifford Wellington Scavella (Retired)
  4. Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Davy Franklyn Rolle (Retired)
  5. Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Tellis Andrew Bethel (Retired)
  6. Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Roderick Bowe (Retired)
  7. Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Dr. Raymond Emmanuel King
  8. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Grafton Orlando Ifill Sr., KPM (Retired)