It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
He that forsakes all for Christ shall find more than all with him...
Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure if they have it until the test comes.
Today the word hero has been diminished, confused with celebrity. But in my father’s generation the word meant something. Celebrities seek fame. They take actions to get attention. But heroes are heroes because they have risked something to help others.
Heroes are people who overcome evil by doing good at great personal risk….
Unfortunately our modern definition of “hero” has been stretched to include all manner of people who do not warrant the title. The athlete who just set a new sports record isn’t a hero. Nor is the “daring” movie star or even the adventurer out to be the first solo climber to scale Mt. Everest. They may be brave – but they don’t meet the definition of a hero for whatever they achieve benefits only “self”.
Real heroes are selfless.
There are times when a person must live for others before they can have a full life for themselves.
A soldier is called sometimes to fight, sometimes to die, but always to suffer.
The soldier, above all men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training [sacrifice]. In battle, in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of divine help that alone can sustain him. However horrible the instances of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
In history--in life--possibilities do not become realities of their own accord; someone, with his hands and his brain, with his labor and his self-sacrifice, must make realities of them. . . . All we are given is possibilities--to make ourselves one thing or another. . . .
[But] slovenliness. . . penetrates our whole national life from top to bottom. . . . [To oppose
slovenliness] the individual must. . . go into training, and give up many things, in the determination to surpass himself. . . . [A] generation [who will do that] can accomplish what centuries failed to achieve without [it]. And there, my young friends, lies [your] challenge. . . .
[Yours is] the historic [task] of restoring to the university its cardinal function of "enlightenment." . . . In the thick of life's urgencies and its passions, the university must assert itself as a major "spiritual power," . . . standing for serenity in the midst of frenzy, for seriousness and the grasp of intellect in the face of. . . unashamed stupidity.