What Makes a Hero?

The first thing that comes to mind is a person of extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personality. But in reality, most heroes are ordinary people acting in the best interest of others, usually in disregard for their own safety. And most of them don’t even consider themselves heroes. They usually say that they are just doing what needed to be done.

This page is devoted to telling the stories of heroism, and to keeping alive the memory of those who have sacrificed to help others.

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

67 years ago today a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and sparked the Civil Rights movement. We all know the story: An older Black woman, coming home from a long day at work, stays in her seat on a bus because she is...

Pearl Witherington

Pearl Witherington

2 A.M. September 22, 1943 Under a pale crescent moon a British Halifax bomber drops through clouds over the countryside in occupied France.  At 900 feet, an exit panel opens and a lone parachutist prepares to jump. She smells the damp farmland below and watches faint...

I will survive

I will survive

A mother of two, living in Ithaca, New York, Florence Finch was raising two children while working as a secretary at Cornell University. When in 1995 the Coast Guard commemorated the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII by naming an administrative building in Hawaii in...

A 6 Year Old Hero

A 6 Year Old Hero

Bridger Walker and his 4-year-old sister were playing in a friend's back yard when a dog attacked the little girl. Bridger instinctively jumped between the dog and his sister to protect her. The dog attacked Bridger instead, biting him on the face and head. As soon as...

George Herman O’Brien

George Herman O’Brien

Oct. 27, 1952 Near Panmunjom, Korea Marine 2nd lieutenant George Herman O'Brien leads his platoon to retake a vital hill in an area known as "The Hook" which has been overrun by a huge Chinese force. Facing withing enemy fire, O'Brien led his men across an open field...

“Mom” Chung

“Mom” Chung

The eldest of 11 children, Margaret Chung was forced to support the family by the age of 10 when her parents became invalids. She first drove a horse-drawn freight wagon in Los Angeles and then, as a seventh grader, worked 12-hour days in a Chinese restaurant. She put...