Words by Risa Cox
On March 14 of every year, St. Vincent and the Grenadines honors their national hero Joseph Chatoyer. Chatoyer was a Garifuna, a Carib chief who led the revolt against the British. On March 14, 1795, he was killed by British troops at Dorsetshire Hill. One of the ways the country commemorates him is by holding a wreath-laying ceremony where he died.
However, the whole month of March is deemed Heroes and Heritage month. The country celebrates by learning about their history through cultural events and Indigenous People’s Day festivities. Besides attending the Shaggy concert that transpired Saturday night, locals also had the option of exploring midday events. An extravaganza at Heritage Square, in the capital city Kingstown, featured Generation X Band and Adrian ‘The Doc’ Martinez, in a display of Garifuna-inspired rhythms.
Other Caribbean countries that publicly acknowledge National Heroes Day include: Barbados (April 28), Jamaica (third Monday in October), Saint Kitts and Nevis (September 16), and Turks and Caicos Islands (last Monday in May).