Heroes don’t wear capes. They are not born; they are created. They are men and women forged in the fires of chaos and tragedy. They are ordinary people who risk their own lives when others duck or run. In times of great need, heroes are the men and women who step up and do what needs doing to save lives and get the job done. Heroes are our soldiers coming home from war. And the ones who never made it home. They are doctors, therapist, nurses, and technologists who tend the sick. They are policeman, firemen, paramedics, EMT’s, and social workers. They are our neighbors and friends.
And they are World War II Veterans like my mother’s uncle.
Heroes served in the Korean War like my father-in-law.
They served on land…
And by air.
They are newly graduated cadets destined to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Heroes are the men and women who reach out to help a stranger when others don’t wish to get involved. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They are the brave men and women of our armed forces.
This Memorial Day, remember those Americans who served and those who gave their lives.