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July 1, 2013

I decided to write a different sort of Everyday Heroes blog this month in consideration of the 4th of  July holiday in the United States. Of course, there are many individuals I could have recognized as an Everyday Hero, but I thought it might be a great time to honor the American people as a group— an aggregation of individuals composed of all classes, religions, colors, ethnicities, genders, political orientations, and ages. This group of Americans that I write about is not just those alive today but includes all those who have preceded us, and all those who will follow.

The video included here was so inspiring and on point that I have included it to help make my point. Think about a couple of things: Americans are all about freedom, all about individual dignity. Americans have always been willing to sacrifice to sustain freedom. Pay special note to the words of Martin Treptow mentioned in the video: We must each act “—as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.” It is this concept of individual sacrifice combined with the collective efforts of our people that have made America great.

You don’t have to search far and wide to find Everyday Heroes in America. Just look in the mirror, notice your friends and family members, pay attention to your fellow Americans. We are a fortunate people living in a blessed land. Never forget that; never take that for granted.

Most of all, remember that you are an American— an Everyday Hero.

Joseph Badal
Joseph Badal is the author of Shell Game, a financial thriller, and five espionage/military thrillers, including The Lone Wolf Agenda, which was released in print and ebook formats on June 25, 2013.


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