Who’s a hero?
Re: July 26 commentary “Every soldier a hero? Hardly.”
Heroism is synonymous with valor, bravery and fortitude. Soldiers, in war and combat, daily display these acts with such great humility that one can only wonder where they summon these immense virtues.
Sgt. Robert Armstrong is the sole survivor of a satchel bomb that was dropped from the roof of a children’s hospital in Iraq that he was protecting. Sgt. Daniel K. Methvin of Belton, Pfc. Wilfredo Perez Jr. and Spc. Jonathan Paul Barnes died in that 2003 attack. They were and always will be heroes, and immense shame should fall upon anyone who would infer otherwise.
That is one of countless tales these wars have provided. It’s easy to print or speak inanity under the aegis of anonymity or distance; but tell a child their father or mother is not a hero for serving in combat. A hero is someone who commits acts of bravery and honor under atrocious conditions in which anyone else would falter.
Michael McKenzie Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran A Company, 1-67 Armor, 4th Infantry Division email@example.com
My family and I ate at the original Kerbey Lane Cafe on Tuesday while I was on lunch break from my job as an active-duty Navy officer. I was wearing my blue camouflage uniform.
When we finished our excellent meal and asked for the check, our waitress told me an anonymous patron, who had just left, already paid my family’s tab.
Because I was in uniform, we were recognized as a military family. We certainly did not expect your kindness and were truly touched. I wanted so much to thank you in person, but as you had left and wished to remain anonymous, I feel the best way to express my thanks is through this letter.
So to that anonymous patron here in Austin: Thank you for your hospitality, and I am proud to serve you and this great country of ours! I am truly humbled. lt. cMdr. MiKe evans
United States Navy firstname.lastname@example.org