July 1 was intended by the terrorists to be remembered as one of the most terrifying nights in our history, but Faraaz’s valiant sacrifice changed the narrative to one of courage. By staying back to protect his friends, he showed us that true heroes rise in the face of extreme danger. Times of distress show one’s true colours, and COVID-19 has brought every part of our society together in a united fight to make it through.

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In the midst of COVID-19, it is without a doubt, that we are shaken by fear but most of all by uncertainty of what the future may entail. As we dream of the day the dust settles, we can today proudly say that our heroes give us a reason to keep going forward, they give us hope. By staying back to protect his friends, Faraaz’s valiant act changed the entire narrative of July 1, displaying an example of what a youth of Bangladesh can do. Today, our heroes serving the nation during this paralysing pandemic give us hope for a brighter tomorrow.

July 1 has been the day to remember Faraaz’s heroic sacrifice, and in the same spirit, it should be a day for us to celebrate the heroes who continue to inspire us.

Zaraif Ayaat Hossain is an Emory University alumni and elder brother of Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain

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