JIS News

Citizens have been called on to expose criminals, who are known in their communities, by the Reverend Kenneth Monteith of the Christian Brethren Assemblies of Jamaica.
Speaking at a National Heroes Day Salute and Awards Ceremony, held at the St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), in St. Elizabeth on October 20, Rev. Monteith said the National Heroes led the way to create a better Jamaica for the majority of the people, but wrong-doers are seeking to destroy all the gains made by the nation.
“Our Heroes stood up against the evil on their land, even to the point of death, and today they are saying to us, ‘if we are your Heroes, stand up for what is just, stand up against all that is giving our country a bad name’. I say to you, if it means losing your life, expose the criminals who are destroying our future, the children. Many of us know the wrong-doers but we are afraid to help bring them to justice. Expose them for your sake and that of our children,” he implored.
In his address, Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, said the country’s heritage is very rich in music, culture and other achievements.
“Despite all of the difficulties that we face as a nation, we have a rich heritage, and one that we can be proud of. It is rooted in our culture and our performances in many areas. As a country of this size, we have outstripped our population and landspace in our recognition in the world. There are countries 10 times our size and they do not have the prominence that this country has in the eyes of the world, so as we celebrate those who brought us freedom, we need to be resolute in protecting our heritage,” Mr. Palmer said.
The event, which was organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), honoured 10 persons in the parish for their contribution to Education, Community Development, Religion, Sports, Politics, Youth Leadership and Literature and Theatre.