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Heroes Day Message | Let’s salute heroes in COVID-19 fight

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:27 AM
DR. Peter Phillips
DR. Peter Phillips

Our celebration of National Heroes Day this year is unique.

We continue to deal with the impact the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our country. I extend condolences to every family which has lost loved ones. For those of you recovering from this dreaded virus, whether at home or in hospital, I wish you a complete and speedy recovery. I urge every Jamaican to please do everything possible to protect yourself and your family. Wear your mask, and social distance as much as possible.

COVID-19 is also wreaking havoc on our economy, social interactions, our households, our school system, and our communities. It has created a set of circumstances which we have never seen in our history.

Our survival and recovery will depend on our capacity to draw strength and courage from the lives of our national heroes. Each faced formidable challenges, but confronted each problem with resilience and a determination to overcome.

Heritage Week and National Heroes Day give us the opportunity to not only reflect on our history, but to honour those who contribute to nation-building. Even as we pay tribute to those great Jamaicans who are being honoured today, let us take a moment to acknowledge and thank the many unsung heroes in our midst. They are the warriors on the front line, protecting our country and our people from the effects of this deadly virus every day. Let us never forget that they do so at great personal risk and sacrifice. They show us what service above self and beyond the call of duty really mean.

DR PETER PHILLIPS

Leader of the Opposition