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September 1, 2013

If you have followed my Everyday Heroes blog you know by now that I have written about people who have made a difference in other people’s lives. Everyday Heroes are people with character who rise to the occasion when confronted with a challenge, and they do so despite the danger or risk of loss. They are the best among us and are better for the people they assist.

On this month of the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terror, I thought nothing could be a better topic than the largest boat lift in history. I suspect you never heard about this boat lift or about the individual heroism of countless people who came to the aid of hundreds of thousands of frightened and seemingly abandoned residents and workers on Manhattan. I ask you to focus on the faces and words of the people in the video that follows.

These are real Americans, real Everyday Heroes. These are not super heroes that leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are not celebrities. In fact, they’re pretty damned ordinary, just like most Americans. But inside these ordinary people beat out-sized hearts that made them do the right thing on a momentous day in our history.  They are individuals who make our country what it is.

If the video that follows does not touch you or inspire you or give you hope for the United States, then I am afraid you are past the point of no return. My Everyday Heroes this month are Americans who saw their fellow countrymen crying for help and, with no hesitation, came to their assistance. And they did this without payment, without government interference, and without a common leader. Every man and woman who stepped up was his/her own individual leader. They showed what Americans can do when confronted with a challenge, regardless of the danger or cost involved.

I encourage you to watch the video, show it to your friends and family members, and then fly the American flag on 9/11, not only in remembrance of 9/11, but also in tribute to the Everyday Heroes who helped so many people that day.

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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  1. September 2, 2013 9:16 pm

    Washington wants us to forget this……that speaks volumes. Don’t forget, don’t give up. and don’t give in! The innate goodness and bravery shines thru, and the emotions are still there. An under-told tale that bears repeating, NOT forgetting!
    harry s. 9/2/13

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