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Heroes Day Message | Hats off to those who inspire true heroism

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:28 AM
Andrew Holness
Andrew Holness

Celebrating the people who make Jamaica the great, iconic, and internationally known powerhouse, is the essence of our National Heroes Day celebrations.

Indeed, our national heroes, our academics, athletes, artistes and musicians, political forefathers, security forces, civil servants and front-line workers contribute to making Jamaica a better place.

In the words of our first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey: “A people without the knowledge of their past, history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”

As we celebrate Heroes Day 2020, we must also recognise our modern-day heroes and salute the country’s front-line workers for the critical role they play as we unite to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also recognise the individuals among us who have been galvanising forces contributing to our community and country at large. Persons who have inspired true heroism and nationalism through gallantry, innovation, and service.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the more than 120 honourees of our annual Heroes Day honours and awards ceremony.

Finally, I offer a perspective of hope for all Jamaica. While the onset of COVID-19 has temporarily set back our progress, your Government is optimistic about our recovery. We are resilient, strong, and together we will build forward stronger.

As we celebrate National Heroes Day 2020 under the theme ‘Celebrating a Heritage of Resilience and Pride’, I remind all Jamaicans to display the resilient spirit we are known for by continuing to observe COVID-19 protocols – wear your mask, wash your hands, sanitise, social distance.

While we have to maintain physical distance, let us not distance ourselves from keeping in touch. Call your elderly relatives, check in with family and friends.

Happy Heroes Day, Jamaica!

ANDREW HOLNESS

Prime Minister