You hear the word “hero” thrown around a lot, these days. But what does that word mean to you. If you are a teenager and younger, the word hero may mean a superhero with special abilities – a person that differs from a normal human being, like Superman. Remember the definition of Superman: “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” Superheroes are very popular in the comic books and movies these days, but there are other heroes out there, and if you met them in a crowd, you might not be able to pick them out. Most people do not even realize when they will become special. So, then what is the definition of a true special human being? Do they have to wear a cape, have wings, or carry a shield? No. Many would say the word hero describes the brave men and women that make up our armed forces. A special person may also become a champion, like an Olympic medal winner. Great men that put their life and fortunes on the line, like our founding fathers, who fought one of the greatest empires for our freedom. There is a phrase, man of the hour, used for a scientist who discovers a cure or procedure for a devastating disease. Yes, much of their dedication and hard work have improved the country in so many ways. However, it is the average (dare I say common) person that is the true hero. None of us jump out of bed each morning and expect to become a superhero. We go about our life and, when we see a need, we fill the gap. The thought of becoming a superhero on any given day or doing heroic things never comes to our mind. Another kind of hero is one who gives generously without being asked. Many of you recently attended the “Truckin’ for Kids” show in Southern California, and hopefully you were able to partake in the delicious BBQ dinner for charity hosted by 10-4 Magazine. Did you happen to notice how hard they were working to provide that meal and raise that money? They are the common everyday heroes. They are people who believe in a cause and work hard to support it. They are a special team of people, including the whole crew that brings you the magazine every month. This is what makes America so great – each one of us doing what we can to support our country and each other. Thanks 10-4 for all your hard work, and God Bless America!
SharLeigh has an inquisitive nature – she is interested in current events, history, science and many more subjects, including things that go bump in the night! Since 1997, SharLeigh has scoured the internet, looking for interesting, fun and timely topics covering all sorts of human-interest subjects for her articles from her home in Fontana, CA.