What is a hero?

What is a hero?

​​Heroes come in all forms, and we believe that everyone in uniform, rather military or first responder, nurse or teacher, can fit the bill. The dictionary defines a hero as "a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities."

At Flags of Valor, we believe heroes are men and women who refuse to live their lives passively. Instead, they choose to bear the burden of taking a stand on behalf of liberty, justice, or in the defense of others.

Often hiding in plain sight, heroes are ordinary people doing ordinary things to better others. The overworked teacher spending her own money on supplies for her students or taking care of lunch for those who may only eat that one meal each day is a hero. The 18-year old Army recruits leaving for basic training are heroes, willing to put themselves in danger to protect their country. The nurses who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, putting themselves in harm's way every day to take care of others, are absolutely heroes. The police officers and firefighters who chose a profession allowing them to help others and protect their communities while putting their own lives in danger are heroes.  

The everyday heroes choosing others over themselves hold tight the fabric of our country, and we are grateful for their commitment. These are our people. They are why we exist as a nation, and we will never stop honoring their dedication and sacrifice.

How do you define heroes?