What is a Hero?

What is a Hero?

When we think of heroes in today’s society the first thing that usually comes to mind is a super hero. Batman, Superman, the Avengers, these are all examples of what we consider heroes. In the movies, these are heroes, but in “real life” who are the heroes? We have seen a decline in respect for the true heroes of today over the last several years. Police officers, fire fighters, military, these are the true unsung heroes. They risk their lives every day to save and protect others, even those who are unappreciative, disrespectful, vulgar, the list goes on and on. They don’t ask for anything in return or even notoriety. These heroes have a calling to serve and protect and they do so whole heartedly. A true hero hides their cape (so to speak) and loves what they do and those they help. We could all learn from people like this. My grandfather, Roddie Edmonds, was a perfect example of an unsung hero. He took his acts of heroism to the grave with him and never spoke of them. He was an ordinary person who lived extraordinary. He served all people, and loved all people. He didn’t care if others were of the same race, religion, social status, or any other designation we choose to label people with these days. We can all learn a valuable lesson from his story and so many others who live ordinary lives heroically and extraordinarily. We should all strive to put our differences aside and see others for who they are, amazing humans made in the image of God.

By: Alicia Edmonds Burchell