In New Zealand our soldiers have travelled across the world many times in the fight for freedom.
But in this war on Covid-19 they are right here in our communities, staffing our hospitals, medical centres, pharmacies, supermarkets and other essential services.
They are putting their lives at risk for us, so please show them kindness and honour – it is the least we can do to thank them.
In the United Kingdom there has been a nationwide campaign to thank care workers.
I was talking to a friend of mine in Manchester a few days ago. She was telling me that every Thursday night at 8pm all the people in their street come out and clap.
It is amazing how the UK people are standing strongly together.
This video by The Telegraph will give you a taste.
How should we respond in New Zealand?
What can we do collectively?
What can we do individually?
Think of something you can do to make our essential workers feel appreciated.
You may have a family member who is in this category.
Send them an encouraging message.
When you walk past a supermarket or pharmacy worker show your appreciation.
When you are waiting in the supermarket queue, smile at the checkout operator and be patient.
We are all in this together.
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