Hon­our­ing our he­roes

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION -

“A hero is an or­di­nary in­di­vid­ual who finds the strength to per­se­vere and en­dure in spite of over­whelm­ing ob­sta­cles.”

– Christo­pher Reeve WHAT is it about cer­tain sit­u­a­tions which make some peo­ple do great deeds? Why do cer­tain peo­ple act in a heroic way when faced with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions?

It is very hard to de­fine be­cause ev­ery­one has their own idea of what a hero is.

A hero may be an or­di­nary per­son that has done ex­tra­or­di­nary things. They may be the peo­ple who make us proud? They may be those who are strong and brave in the face of dan­ger. They may have done some­thing to make the world we live in a bet­ter place. They may not think of them­selves as a hero but just do­ing their job.

The men and women serv­ing in our armed forces are good ex­am­ples of those who dis­play courage and self-sac­ri­fice. It is a part of our coun­try’s cul­ture to re­mem­ber all who fought for, and gave their life for, our coun­try.

While some he­roes may re­main name­less, oth­ers are recog­nised in dif­fer­ent ways. They may re­ceive an award, have a road, park or build­ing named af­ter them, or have a me­mo­rial built in their hon­our.

It is im­por­tant that we recog­nise even the small­est con­tri­bu­tions as they can make a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of oth­ers.

What makes a hero?

There are a num­ber of char­ac­ter­is­tics that are com­monly as­so­ci­ated with he­roes – qual­i­ties peo­ple dis­play when faced with a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.

Rate the fol­low­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics you think makes a per­son a hero, in or­der from most im­por­tant qual­ity (1) to least (10).

■ Courage

■ Self­less­ness

■ Hu­mil­ity

■ Kind

■ Strong leader

■ Clever

■ De­ci­sive

■ Fo­cussed

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