There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
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The regulars here know my penchant for paying tribute to our heroes in the military. That whole George Orwell quote , “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”, giving those rough men their do is the least we can do, not that they would ever ask for it. Military bravery manifests itself mainly because of the training and the mindset of each warrior, the self is subordinated to the unit and the men in that unit, not that hard to understand. But what about civilian bravery?
As more information presents itself about the Aurora shooting, some unlikely heroes are also getting their due:
In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.
Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.
No soldiers code, no ,”This is what I was trained to do”, each man stepping up and putting the lives of another above his own.
Much has been written about the decaying of the family unit, the tugging of our moral fabric and apparent selfishness of this new generation, how woefully inadequate and unprepared they are in getting the baton passed to them. Honesty, integrity, a sustainable work ethic, a respect for women, doing the right thing for it’s own self, these moral building blocks of character seem to have taken a beating of late, but I know 3 sets of parents that although suffering a great loss, one no parent should ever have to suffer, they can take pride in a job well done, that they raised 3 fine and honorable men who made us all proud.
No doubt they would all say ,”what else was I suppose to do?” and we would have nothing in response.
Well done, gentlemen.