Stop! Hail our unsung heroes

Monday, June 09, 2014    

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Dear Editor

There are many categories of unsung heroes in the Jamaican society. The tendency is for us to ignore them. However, the greatness of any society is measured in terms of how the least among the populace is treated. The time has come for us, as a people, to pause to pay tribute to and formally recognise the sterling contribution of the numerous individuals who work as pedestrian-crossers across the island.

These categories of workers are mainly found in front of our schools, where they assist our children in crossing the busy thoroughfare daily. They are always smartly clad in their white coats with their wooden "Stop! Children Crossing" sign.

These unassuming Jamaicans have, for the most part, been forgotten by the society. However, their invaluable contribution to the nation's children and to the development of our human resources should not go without recognition.

Sadly, many have died without being formally recognised; some retired. However, the proud tradition of service to their fellow Jamaicans is unbroken. Their service is characterised by commitment and dedication to task.

Many of our pedestrian-crossers have fallen on hard times and have been left out in the cold struggling to make ends meet. One wonders if they have a pension? Health benefits even? They continue to be treated as the invisible and voiceless among us.

In spite of the harsh economic times, we should remember and pay tribute to our unsung heroes?

Wayne Campbell





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