One cannot help but draw inspiration from the stories of Special Corporal Jermaine Alexander Burgher and Mr Renaldo Delgado Davis published in today's edition.
Both men were among the hundreds of Jamaicans honoured at King's House yesterday during the annual National Honours and Awards Ceremony.
Their stories stood out because they demonstrate characteristics for which Jamaicans have been known for many years -- kindness, courage, and a will to survive in the face of tremendous odds. Truly they were heroes in their own way.
In Special Corporal Burgher's case, he took on a gunman on a passenger bus, fighting with every ounce of energy in his body, despite being shot thrice.
In the end, he prevailed over the criminal, potentially saving the lives of other passengers, even as he admitted that his major driving force was to ensure that he lived for his then one-year-old daughter.
For that act, Special Corporal Burgher was awarded the Medal of Honour for Gallantry.
Mr Davis, for his part, received the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for his selfless act of taking a motorist to hospital after she crashed on the Port Henderson main road.
What was instrumental in Mr Davis's action was that it was innate.
"I didn't think anything of it, I am like that," he told this newspaper. "At that time I didn't think I was doing anything special. I am a helpful person and it was normal duty, after eight years in the Jamaica Defence Force."
Even after the recipient of his kindness, Ms Marcia Allen, asked him how she could repay him, Mr Davis insisted that he didn't want anything.
Ms Allen, however, displaying another characteristic of Jamaicans to show appreciation, went ahead and recommended Mr Davis for the award.
And yesterday, she must have watched with great satisfaction as Mr Davis accepted his award from the governor general.
In addition to their inspirational value, these two stories have renewed our faith in the Jamaican people. For despite the dastardly acts of some, we are convinced that we are still a country of caring, God-fearing individuals who subscribe to the belief that we are our brothers' keeper.
It is against that background that we endorse a call by Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, published in this edition, for greater support systems for weak families.
Mr Ellington's argument that, in tackling the problem of delinquent children, our first approach should be a strengthening of the home is sound. For that is where the values demonstrated by Special Corporal Burgher and Mr Davis are instilled and nurtured.
That view, we see, is shared by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen who, in his National Heritage Week message, said: "We must commit to acting in ways which will build stronger families, boost national unity and promote the well-being of our people."
That is an ideal for which we all should strive.