As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve spent a lot of time lately talking about heroes. Not the larger-than-life icons who populate so many of our books and movies. The other kind. The kind who actually exist. The men and women who quietly and steadfastly answer the call of duty, stepping forward to do the tedious, difficult, and dangerous tasks that keep America strong.
In most cases we don’t know the names of these people, but we should. We reap the benefits of their work and their sacrifices every day, but we hardly ever learn who they are. We rarely have any idea of how much we owe them. These are the true heroes of our country, and their stories deserve to be heard.
With this in mind, we’ll be making a few changes to NavyThriller.com in the coming days. We’re adding a ‘Real Heroes’ section, to focus more closely on the kind of heroes who don’t usually attract the media spotlight, or capture the attention of the public.
If you know someone who fits the bill, we invite you to let us know. Whether it’s your father, your daughter, your neighbor down the street, your sister, your son, or your departed (but not forgotten) grandfather. If you’ll share his or her story with us, we’ll do our very best to share it with the world.
We’re not necessarily looking for tales of heroism under wartime conditions, although we’re certainly interested in those as well. But it’s possible to serve an entire career in the military without ever being deployed to a combat zone. And many of the greatest hazards faced by our service members occur far from any field of battle.
Nor is heroism restricted to the military. To do any justice to the term, our search for heroes must extend to school teachers, police officers, bus drivers, firefighters, and anyone who rises to the challenge of making our lives safer, or doing their part to build a better world and a brighter future.
You probably already have somebody in mind, don’t you? Someone you know, who has made a difference in the world. Perhaps by a single instance of exquisite bravery, or perhaps through a lifetime of uncomplaining dedication to others.
Drop me an email at email@example.com, and tell me a bit about the unrecognized hero in your life. This is not a homework assignment. You won’t be graded on spelling, grammar, or eloquence. Speak from your heart. If you need a little assistance with polishing the language, I happen to know a writer who can help.
So tell me… Who is your hero? It’s time for the stories to be told.