A Time for Heroes

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”
Winston Churchill

Heroes are people who make choices every day to do the thing that they believe is right, even if they do it alone, even if they are inconvenienced, even if there is no one to start the applause when they are finished.  They are compelled by the strength of their character, rather than their own popularity, and in the end they will not understand the word “hero” because they will assume that they have simply done what they were meant to do, based on their moral compass.  I have found that heroes very often run in packs, many of them together, living with that understanding that life is a challenge to be won, and hurdles are all part of the package.  Heroes may prove themselves on the battle field, in the classroom, in the office, or at home, because their heroism can come either in the rescue, or in the commitment to support the rescuer.  Both parts are important and equally heroic, because true heroism comes not from the act, but from the motivation to do the act.  The mountain area is full of heroes.  Some of them fight fires, or rescue people from disaster, and some write checks to pay for the equipment to help the first group do their jobs.  Don’t doubt for a minute that all of you, and you know who you are, have earned that coveted title of “hero”, and for your service we are truly grateful.


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