(ZIZ News) — Seven nationals have been recognized and awarded for their contributions to national development.

An investiture ceremony was held at Government House on Tuesday morning to present the individuals with national awards.

The Governor General His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton GCMG, CVO, QC, JP presented the Companion Star of Merit to Washington Archibald for his contribution to education, Richard Caines, J.P. for his contribution to politics and Marjorie Morton for her contribution to education.

The Governor General also presented medals of honour to Sylvia Garnette for her contribution to nursing, Ivan Hanley for his contribution to policing; James Hanley III for his contribution to sports & community development; and Theodore Hobson, Q.C. for his contribution to law.

Prime Minister Dr. The Hon Timothy Harris praised the awardees for their selfless devotion to the nation.

“They were doing good without expecting that this day would come. In other words they gave selflessly of their talents, of their energies of their commitment to make St. Kitts and Nevis a better place,” he said.

The seven recipients were among the nine named in the Independence 2015 Awards list.

According to a statement from Government House the others who were off-island at the time will be awarded at a later date.