This year, Indonesia observed National Heroes Day on Nov. 10 like never before. Heroes’ cemeteries are closed as the pandemic is still gripping the country. In spite of this, many found new ways to commemorate the country’s heroes, such as through a hero-themed exhibition in Tangerang, Banten, and live paintings in Jakarta.
On National Health Day on Nov. 12, the country shed light on a particular kind of hero: healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shows no signs of slowing down. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Indonesia remains high, hitting a daily record of 5,444 cases on Nov. 13.
Not all heroes fight for the country’s independence or save lives at hospitals. There are also volunteers who have helped residents take shelter from the possible eruption of Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java.
Yet another type of hero is a mother who is tirelessly seeking justice for her son, who was killed in the 1998 Semanggi tragedy.