Prime Minister Gaston Browne described Bird, 76, as “the father of modern Antigua and Barbuda” and said he should ‘enjoy his flowers while still alive”.
Bird, who is a senior minister in the new government, has served as a legislator for more than 40 years, including 18 as Deputy Prime Minister and 10 years as Prime Minister.
“The Honourable Lester Bryant Bird is a heroic figure in our recent history. Unarguably, he has made the second single largest contribution to the socio-economic advancement of our country,” Prime Minister Browne said, noting that the Governor General “has been advised, with the concurrence of Cabinet and the Honours Committee, to confer upon this great citizen of Antigua and Barbuda…the honour of Knight Companion of the Most Exalted Order of National Hero.
“I am certain that Antiguans and Barbudans consider Sir Lester most deserving of this honour and also share the enormous outpouring of love and admiration that we all hold for this outstanding son of the soil,” Prime Minister Browne added.
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