Definition of a HERO
What makes a hero? Given the many ways we can use the term, it can be difficult to come up with a solid definition. While we use the word “hero” to describe everything from sandwiches to sports figures, today, as we thank and celebrate our armed forces, I would like to use the word to describe those who best represent its meaning: our veterans.
Our country must always be careful to remember its national heroes. In the etched names of the Vietnam War Memorial or the noble dignity that keeps watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we preserve a sacred duty that is ours, the citizens of the United States, to remember and honor every American hero that gives that last full measure of devotion for our country. To our living veterans, we say thank you. When others would run away from the danger of threats to our nation’s freedom, you have run toward the conflict, and preserved for future generations the greatest nation the world has ever known.
That which we take for granted we are most prone to lose. As we enjoy our lives as God-blessed Americans, let us never take for granted our freedoms and those who have sacrificed so profoundly to preserve them.