Governor General, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams has issued a proclamation declaring Monday 11th December as a public holiday in celebration of the life and work of the Father of the Nation, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Snr.
Minister with responsibilities for Festivals, the Hon. E. P. Chet Greene said that the Cabinet decided that since December 9th (V.C. Bird Day) fell on a Saturday this year, Monday 11th December should be designated the holiday and the day set aside for the celebrations.
The Minister noted that the day will be marked with a Wreath Laying Ceremony with military honours commencing at 9 a.m. at the V.C. Bird bust on Market Street. He said that speeches will be delivered by the Governor General and Prime Minister and members of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union, the Bird Family and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and the Youth.
Minister Greene also outlined that a Thanksgiving Service in honour of the life and work of the Father of the Nation will be held on Sunday 10th December at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army City.