Take a few moments and imagine what the world would be like if there were no heroes. Our lives would be so much poorer. It’s doubtful the United States would even exist. Our history has had heroes since Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Robert Morris and others signed the Declaration of Independence. Every soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War was a hero including George Washington and those 12,000 men who stayed in Valley Forge during the bitter winter of 1778. And down through the past 200 years, our nation has had many heroes; some well known, but many just ordinary citizens.
So, where are the heroes of today? They are all around us. They are the grandfather or the “old man” down the street who served in WWII. They are the men and women who served in Korea, Vietnam and other battles in which we have fought. They are the firemen, doctors and nurses who work protecting and healing us. A hero can be the volunteer fireman who gives up his Friday night to risk his life and save your home or the teachers, coaches and others who help our children. Your neighbor who brings soup to you when you are sick or clears your sidewalk after a heavy winter snow is a hero. The young boy or girl who gives up their time to visit the nursing home, clear a stream or help the homeless are heroes. Our heroes are ordinary citizens who see something that needs done and do it simply because it needs done and they are there. As you can tell, a hero can be almost any one of any age who goes “above and beyond” to help others.
With this perspective, as you look around, you can see that our community is rich with heroes. And, we want to recognize them. With your help, we can do this and show our appreciation to those who have helped to make Central Pennsylvania a better place for you and for all of us. Though heroes rarely want credit or even recognition, we think its important to say “thank you” to them and want to take this opportunity to offer them our appreciation and let the community learn more about the character and the actions of those we call “hero”. This is the basis of the “America’s Got Heroes” Program.