Last evening, my brother and dozens of other men and women serving in the US Armed Forces returned to the US from a 12 month deployment to the Middle East. I suppose it is fitting that he returned home in the dark of night on Thanksgiving Day.
Since September 11, 2001, I sense that our heroes have changed. Once before, many Americans would cite athletes, movie stars, and political leaders as heroes. Today, those same people will name police officers, firefighters, and US Armed Service men and women as heroes. Fittingly so I believe.
A modern definition for HERO is this: individuals who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice.
To my brother, Captain Justin M. Witty, I salute you for your service, self sacrifice, and courage. You are a hero indeed.