Businessmen George Ryan and Martin Ellis Franklin have received Knighthoods for their contributions to national development as Antigua and Barbuda celebrates 37 years of independence today.
The lesser known Martin was awarded the KGCN for economic development,heritage restoration, business and community service.
Based on his citation, Franklin “has shown a strong commitment to the nation.”
Among his long list of selfless services to the country, Martin donated two million dollars to the restoration of Government House.
After hurricane Imra last September, Martin made the single largest contribution of one million dollars to NODS for rebuilding efforts on Barbuda.
He is also responsible for the total refurbishment of the Finnes Institute at a cost of three million dollars.
He also serves as an economic envoy for Antigua and Barbuda.
The better Known George Ryan was recognised for his contribution to business and community service.
A construction mogul, Ryan helped in the construction of several government buildings which are still standing today.
Currently, he still owns a number of businesses in Antigua and sit on several national boards.
His citation said he donated the first set of police motor vehicles to the state.
“Mr Ryan’s contributions to the church, state, and community have made a significant impact on the development and advancement of our nation.”
The knighthood is Antigua and Barbuda’s second highest award. It is second only to the award of National Hero.
Overall ten people received awards today.