To The Unsung Heroes – Thank You!

by Patrick Liew on July 31, 2018

To The Unsung Heroes – Thank You!

As we celebrate Labour Day, my heart goes out to many unsung heroes who are working for us throughout the public holiday.

They ensure that society continues to function and the economy is kept humming.

As we sleep on the comfort of our bed, they keep our streets safe and secure.

And ensure that we can celebrate and continue our daily activities safely and smoothly.

Many of them are on a standby mode in case of an emergency.

And operationally-ready to respond to a call for action.

Some are prepared to face great risks to keep the streets safe and our country secure.

Past experiences have shown us that they could be injured and they may even lose their lives.

Somewhere out there on our coastal waters, they are patrolling murky nooks and corners.

They protect our maritime facilities and ensure a safe passage through our waterways.

As we celebrate and go about our daily affairs, they support smooth running of the things around us.

We can sometimes take many of the values that we enjoy on a daily basis for granted.

While we enjoy our lives, these workers labour away.

They man the shops and keep food and beverage outlets open to serve us.

Some of them have to work around the clock for us.

And work on unpopular shifts and odd hours so that we can live our life properly.

They may be working all alone and under challenging conditions.

Many of them would miss their loved ones and families, and they may prefer to do the things we are doing during this period but they chose to work for us.

In many homes today, a child is pining for her father to return.

“A few more hours more,” assured her mother, “Daddy has to work.”

Another child is on the phone with his mother, “Mummy, please come home to me.”

These workers, including foreign workers are making things work for us.

They are some of the unsung heroes that we may never know and perhaps never meet in our lifetimes.

Be grateful and show your appreciation to them for what they are doing for us.

Let’s salute them for their commitments, efforts and contributions.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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