Memorial Day is when we commemorate those who died in the service of our country. Richard Fernandez has an outstanding post “Memory and Survival” that highlights the importance of remembering the altruistic sacrifices that not only make our society possible but better than it would be otherwise.
Three quotes about heroes
“Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”
Edward F. Croker Chief of Department, FDNY (1899-1911), 1865-1951)
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
“Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.”
Daniel J. Boorstin
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