Who's a hero to you?
We often hear people speak of sports heroes, and in the broadest sense of the word, I guess that's OK, but when I speak of heroes, sports figures aren't the first people who come to mind. However, former baseball player and venerable announcer Jerry Coleman, who was on one of the ESPN morning shows today, certainly fits the bill. Coleman is a decorated Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and he spoke about heroism. Coleman doesn't consider himself a hero. In his eyes, the heroes are the ones who didn't come back from the wars. In its strictest definition, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, a hero is "a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who risked or sacrificed his or her life." I am an Army veteran, but I was never called upon to put my life on the line. In short, I'm no hero. Obviously, the young man from Western Pennsylvania who recently was honored posthumously with the Medal of Honor for throwing himself on a hand grenade to save his comrades in Iraq qualifies as a hero, but in my opinion, just serving somewhere in a war zone, by itself, doesn't make one a hero. To some people, the word "hero" doesn't have only a military connotation. A hero to some might be the person who gives of themselves to help the less fortunate, or a single mother who works two jobs to give her children a better life. What do you think?
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