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I would like to know the criteria used to recognize and honor "our local heroes". According to our College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary, a hero is "a man noted for the feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life. A war hero". I don't see where a person becomes a hero by merely joining our armed forces or by just going through basis training and not even being in a risk area! I am a Korean War Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion, and of Veterans of Foreign Wars. I do not consider myself a hero although I do know several who are and have been decorated for bravery. I would be interested in obtaining your comments and rational for your Local Hero designation.
I received this e-mail a few days ago and thought you'd like to join in the discussion.
Is this person right?
Or, as I responded, could someone be considered a hero for giving up years of his or her life to serve our country at a time when they don't have to?
What do you think?