I have an incredible respect for the idea of volunteering. With that in mind, I think that anyone who has volunteered to put himself or herself in harm's way for the benefit of the greater society is a hero. I look at all the Americans who volunteered post 9/11 to serve our nation. They served knowing that they would be likely put in harm's way, that they could be hurt or killed and most didn't do it for the pay or the college tuition. They joined because there was a call to arms, a call to serve and they felt the need to protect someone and something they love.
Now, the term hero is both underutilized and overutilized. Sports figures are considered heroes. Movie stars are considered heroes. But those who serve: the doctors, nurses, soldiers, sailors, marines, coastguard, medics, clergy, and yes, even the reporters who go unarmed into hostile territory to deliver reports to all of us are undersung. I've met so many who have served this nation that deny that they are heroes. They are just doing a job. That's what they've told me and maybe that's the way they need to think, but I know better.
Those of you who volunteer daily to put their lives on the line because they believe in America and are willing to risk themselves for us.
There are so many heroes that do not get acknowledged. For some reason, this is on my mind today and so I simply say to all of you who served...