What is a Hero?

As I sit here, at my computer, the city of Philadelphia is celebrating Roy Halladay, who just pitched the 20th Perfect Game in Baseball History. Some are already calling Halladay a hero.

He is not a hero.

And as I sit here, at my computer, the city of Philadelphia is celebrating the Philadelphia Flyers, whom many believe are on their way to a Stanley Cup Victory. Some are already calling the players heroes.

They are not heroes.

Athletes are not heroes. Actors are not heroes. Musicians are not heroes. Indeed, the vast majority of the people whom today’s society would consider heroes are not, in fact heroes.

So then, you ask yourself, what is a hero? Where can I find them?

Go to Arlington. There are 300,000 heroes there.

Go to Washington, DC. The names of 58,261 heroes are written on a wall there.

Go to France, go to Belgium, go to the Netherlands, and look for the fields filled with crosses. You will find hundreds of thousands of heroes there.

Go to your local American Legion outpost. You will find heroes there.

Go to Bethesda and Walter Reed Hospitals. You will find heroes there.

These brave men and women are America’s true heroes.

Remember them, both this Memorial Day and every day after. Remember their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their loved ones. Never forget that the freedom that you an I enjoy is not, has never been, and shall never be, free.

All Gave Some
Some Gave All

God Bless Our Soldiers
Thank You For Your Service

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