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Veterans Day: What Makes a Hero?

 
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Veterans Day: What Makes a Hero?
What is a hero? Or, better, what makes a hero? We all know about the Hollywood heroes ... they rush into trouble to save those they love. They risk their lives for others and sometimes lose their own.

Is self-sacrifice in the face of mortal danger our guide? If so, there are hundreds of thousands of heroes in our military. In fact, just being a soldier, Marine, sailor or in the Air Force would make one a hero. I should add the Coast Guard as well. Maybe that's the way it should be.

Or, is a hero born out of a single act of bravery -- a sudden character-testing incident in the heat of battle? Those I know in the military would argue that that's what training is all about -- doing what you need to protect others and stay alive.

Perhaps there should be a moral test. I know some people who believe Islamic fundamentalist suicide bombers are heroes. What is our moral guide to heroism?

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Re: Veterans Day: What Makes a Hero?
Jesus is our ultimate hero. He literally sacrificed his own life in order to save billions of people. Thank you Jesus!
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11/12/2012 09:48 AM
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The word "hero" is extremely overused in our society mainly to feed the war machine. The sad part of it when somebody does something that is heroic the overuse of the word takes away some of there shine.
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ANCIENT MARINES :-)

The first documented use of marines as a class of soldier in a standing army belongs to the Greeks and Romans. Themistocles, leader of the Athenians, issued a decree that his navy "enlist Marines, twenty to a ship" to turn back a Persian attack. Rome had special legions of "Milites Classiarri" or "soldiers of the fleet". Roman Marines served through out the remainder of the empire's life, not only at sea but also on land. [link to www.usmarinesbirthplace.com]
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Re: Veterans Day: What Makes a Hero?
Desmond Doss. Amazing hero who was a Seventh Day Adventist. Opposed to war but served as a medic and saved lives. [link to www.homeofheroes.com]
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Re: Veterans Day: What Makes a Hero?
HEROES--

Yesterday I saw a brief and shining moment of our country.
The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of patriotic songs to honor the veterans. The building, dedicated in 1922, was the perfect setting for the event. The hall was filled with veterans and their families.

A few speakers and the conductor regularly dedicated the songs and the moments to the veterans in the room, had them stand on more than a few occasions, and thanked them publicly while the audience applauded loudly and for long periods of time.

As the brass horns and strings and others played the Star Spangled Banner, my tears were joined by other’s tears, flowing all around me. And there, united in our patriotism, I physically felt the images of our America, come flooding into my soul as I have not felt them in a long, long time.

America, with her unique ability to inspire loyalty and devotion among her patrons, has begun to vanish before our eyes. Freedom, our most cherished possession, has been attacked and nearly destroyed by the vicious criminals in the white house.

But yesterday, there amongst the soldiers and veterans who stood proudly and in perfect stance , despite the weariness of their faces and lives, I seemed to be transported. Back to the Main Street USA July 4th parades, to the serious duty of casting my vote in an election that wasn’t always a stolen one, and to the determination and recognition that, We The People, will somehow defeat this abandonment by our elected officials.

America, land of the free, hold on! For we, the people, have not abandoned you, and we will not go silently into the night, and WE ARE COMING! As our ancestors did what was needed to create the haven that you have been until recently; so will We The People, carry you forward, knowing that you are the hope and sanity of the world. And that you America, whom we mourn for now, will once again rise like the phoenix and be the beloved home, land of our fathers, and home of the brave.
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Re: Veterans Day: What Makes a Hero?
Someone with the guts to hand their weapon to a world banker, or their puppet politicians, and tell them to do their own dirty deeds.
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