By Oscar Ramjeet
Special To CWNN
CaribWorldNews, BELMOPAN, Belize, Mon. Sept. 21, 2009: A New York-based Belize national was among 18 others honored over the weekend at the country`s annual national awards ceremony.
Compton Fairweather, who has been living in New York for several decades, was awarded the country`s second highest award, the Order of Belize.
Fairweather was the head of the British Honduras Freedom Committee, and was one of the main advocates for Belize`s independence. Fairweather migrated to New York around 1954, joined the U.S. military and later launched an informational system to provide latest news for Belizeans living in the U.S.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, at a Belizean Patriots Ceremony, said the award is part of his government`s move to recognize the role played by its Diaspora.
The Patriots ceremony was part of the country`s 28th anniversary celebrations, which started on September 1st with a Official Opening ceremony at Saint George`s Cay, followed by a host of ceremonies and functions throughout the month.
Belize gained independence from Britain on September 21, 1981.