Opposition Leader Mark Golding, in his National Heroes Day message, urged his fellow Jamaicans to be inspired by the persons who were recognised on Monday for their acts of heroism.
In that regard, he highlighted the actions of Clayvian Williams and other good Samaritans who helped to rescue Berris and Shannon Walters from floodwaters in Montego Bay
He also singled out Zina Slew and her sister who rescued a man trapped in his submerged vehicle in the Rio Cobre river in the Bog Walk Gorge.
These and other individuals were recognized at the Annual National Honours and Awards Ceremony at Kings House.
Mr Golding paid tribute to the inspirational work of the country's seven National Heroes: Nanny of the Maroons, Samuel Sharpe, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Garvey, Norman Manley and Sir Alexander Bustamante.
"They embodied the noble qualities of selflessness, courage, wisdom and determination," he observed, adding that "we draw on their strengths so that we too will stand up for justice and demand the very best of our leaders."
But it was also important to acknowledge the "everyday heroes" he said; those "who keep the fabric of our society together."
“Let these acts of heroism inspire us with the courage and determination to solve the deep problems facing our nation. Working together as one people, let us build the Jamaican dream fo a just and loving society that provides opportunity for a good quality of life for all our people; the dream that our national heroes fought for."
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