Caribbean World: Trinidad

Date Published: 
1978-09-04
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Aug. 31 (CANA):

Trinidad and Tobago army chief Brigadier Joffre Serrette is one of three nationals receiving the country's highest honour — The Trinity Cross — as Government announced awards to mark the 16th independence anniversary today.

The two others are former legislator and diplomat, Dr. Patrick Solomon, and prominent senior counsel, Mr. Algernon Wharton.

Representatives of the Press, police, sports and social organisations are among those honoured in the 48-long list released today.

John Alleyne, senior specialist reporter of the Trinidad Guardian and president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was awarded the humming bird medal (gold) for loyal and devoted service to the country in sport.

The New York based Trinidad and Tobago alliance of the United States of America is the only Organisation to be honoured, also receiving the humming bird medal for community service.

The awards are to be presented at a special ceremony here tonight.

It's a public holiday here and thousands of Trinidadians led by President Ellis Clarke and Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams defied rain and watched a military parade at the Queens Park Savannah, to mark the country's independence day.