Please let one of your favorite heroes come to mind. Please choose a real life man or woman, but from a previous generation to you.
The entertainment industry has done a service to us in their portrayal of William Wallace in Braveheart; Nelson Mandela in Invictus; Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady; William Wilberforce in Amazing Grace; and Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. More recently, Harriet Tubman was paid tribute in Harriet.
For those familiar with the Bible, the following accounts may bring inspiration: Jael and the Canaanite commander Sisera; Gideon and his valiant 300 men; David and Goliath; Moses and Pharoh; Elijah and Mount Carmel; and Esther saving the Jews.
Perhaps better known to most Americans are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, and the men of Valley Forge. Maybe you have a hero in your family lineage: a relative who served at the Battle of the Bulge; Iwo Jima; Normandy; or a lesser known station. Maybe you are picturing a policeman of yesteryear taking their place on the honored “thin blue line”.
All these men and women have something in common — the burning responsibility to fight for freedom for themselves or others. They harnessed their own fears and brought them under submission for the sake of their call to protect their people. They recognized the very real threats to freedom by the tyranny, oppression, and injustice of their day.
With our republic under attack from the forces of evil like never before — what would your hero do?
Paul J. Burkholder,