National Heroes Day TCI is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands celebrated on the last Monday in May.
It commemorates the first national hero of this British Overseas Territory Jags McCartney.
James Alexander George Smith McCartney (also known as J. A. G. S. McCartney or Jags McCartney) was born on June 30, 1945. In 1975, he founded the People’s Democratic Movement, a grassroots organization aimed primarily at achieving self-determination for the people of the colony.
McCartney was young and charismatic, he particularly sought to mobilize young people in the political process. Besides, he addressed economic and social issues that concerned many islanders. No wonder McCartney found many supporters.