2020-05-06

Lunenburg mayor praises first responders, frontline workers in Day of Mourning address

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey speaks during a Day of Mourning service in her town in 2019.</p>

Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey saluted first responders and frontline staff during a virtual address on the annual Day of Mourning paying respects to workers hurt, killed or otherwise impacted due to workplace-related incidents.

"This year, as our health care systems in this province, and in this country and around the globe battle an invisible killer known as COVID-19, every citizen is being asked to play a role in protecting each other," Bailey said in an April 28 online post, available to view on Lunenburg's web site.

The mayor urged people to follow public health directives and act responsibly during the pandemic and provincial state of emergency.

Referring to a spectrum of support workers in a variety of fields, and combining this with the recent tragedy in northern Nova Scotia, she said this National Day of Mourning is a time to remember and honour "our real-life heroes."

Bailey made special mention of the RCMP, which polices the town. A Mountie in another jurisdiction paid the ultimate sacrifice responding to the April 19 active shooter incident that claimed 22 lives.

"Please accept our gratitude," she said.

The mayor advised listeners to remember that brighter days will return. "And we will be wiser and stronger when they do."

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