I have gotten such a huge response to my blog about unsung heroes and fathers that it got me to thinking today, what are we as a country doing to honor those that give of themselves to others? I’m sure there must be a Hallmark “Volunteer Day” but how many of us know when that is? And other than a perfunctory card or a token lunch or little gift, how are these great Americans being lauded?
Why is there no national day of recognition? A day where everyone has the day off to pay tribute to these men and women who have done so much for others, some having died to save your house or your child or your life.
It sickens me to see how we fall all over ourselves to praise pro athletes and actors and politicians and everyone else in the public eye that has never, ever, risked their life for someone else and yet we throw millions of dollars at them to entertain us or whatever their gig is and yet, the real heroes go unnoticed by most of us UNTIL they come to rescue us or our loved ones or neighbors. That is when we are aware of them.
Is there a Face Book site where you can post a story about a heroic person or act?
Why don’t our local papers and TV stations have a “Hero Of The Week” section/segment? A place where you and I can learn of the acts of bravery or self-sacrifice that a fellow Northlander has done? I WANT TO KNOW. I NEED TO KNOW. YOU NEED TO KNOW.
I am not just talking about firefighters, EMT’s, first responders, etc. but anyone who has made an impact on someone else’s life in a major way.
Can we start a movement? I am not at all computer savvy but someone reading this is. Start a FaceBook site where we can post our own heroes and their stories. Write to our paper when we see a heroic act or know of someone who deserves some recognition. We need to get these stories out.
Or do you just want to know about the Kardashians and the “Real” housewives of some metro city? The choice is up to us…..