Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica on Heroes day is celebrated not just who have done heroic acts in the past but those who continue to do their best for Jamaica.
“Today, we not only celebrate those who have paved the way but those who continue to do their best for Jamaica Land We Love in service to their fellow citizens. There are countless heroes from all walks of life and in several sectors of business and industry, the public service, medical services and others who continue to display acts of heroism daily. Jamaicans are extraordinary people and we see constant reminders of our resilience, selflessness, and fortitude.”
He mentioned by name several of those being awarded this year for their service over the year including those who have committed recent acts of bravery.
He also singled out the security forces for their service.
“Today, I want to single out the brave members of our security forces, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force. Some have lost their lives in the line of duty, and many have had close calls and suffered serious injuries…
“It should not go unnoticed that despite the challenges, and points of disgruntlement over conditions and other terms of service, the security forces have stepped up to the call to rid Jamaica of the criminal element while upholding the law and protecting the rights of all citizens, even the criminals. The security forces should be commended so far, for their conduct and responsible use of extraordinary emergency powers.”
He called on Jamaicans to also serve their country: “This Heroes Day let us resolve as ordinary citizens to be brave and take the steps to our destiny of peace, prosperity, and progress.”