Sunday, May 24, 2009

Real Heroes

Who is your hero? Really, who are your heroes?
It is not meant to be a trick question, though by the end of this post, we may both see it as that--

My heroes include St. Louis Cardinals' 1st baseman Albert Pujols, a man named Reagan, and a Sioux chief named Crazy Horse, for the extraordinary leadership qualities they display(ed).
The more that I learn about Leticia's father Kenneth, the more he enters into that aura as well.

But what can be said for the simple soldier or airman, seaman or Marine who KNEW of the possibility of giving their lives in combat, of dying in the belief of their and OUR American cause through war?

The only begotton Son of God, Jesus Christ, according to His apostle John, had this to say:
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I would postulate here, that American soldiers, airmen, seamen and Marines who have died in combat on foreign soils around the world have shown even a higher love: For many of them died in the service of saving unknown peoples of other lands; lands like France, like Vietnam, like Korea, and yeah, like Iraq and like Afghanistan.

"-lay down his life for his own, beloved country's allies...." takes on another, incomprehensible dimension to me at least.
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Now that's heroic. There is a real American Idol.

1 comment:

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Ron,when I hear the word "hero" used today, I cannot help but believe how misused this word is, so much so that it has lost much of its meaning;
for instance, some little kid calls 911 because their mom fainted, the kid is called a hero (did that kid risk his/her life to call 911?).

Baseball players, football and basketball players are heroes. Why?

Real heroes are firefighters, police, our men and women in the armed forces and those who labored in missionary fields for the Lord in dangerous areas.

Some of my heroes are my oldest son in the Air Force, Dr. Tom Dooley a U.S. Naval Doctor who risked his life in Laos during World War II to bring medical care to thousands of Laotians. And Dr. Albert Schweitzer who was a medical missionary in Africa. It is people like these who are REAL HEROES.