There are some other things that I should tell you about me because they are very important to my story. I am very proud of military heroes. In fact my human grandfather went to West Point. He graduated in 1918. How cool is that? He fought in World War I and in World War II. My human mom used to go to the Army-Navy football games and visited West Point often. She even went to my human grandfather’s 50th West Point class reunion and that was a very special time because there were so many military heroes there. The picture above is of the four living graduates that year. My human grandfather was the man on the right.
My mom learned at a very young age that living in the United States of America was one of the greatest gifts anyone could be given. Every time the American flag is raised and the National Anthem is sung, I see tears in her eyes. She is so proud to be an American and so am I! She taught all of her kids that pride in America is very important. Being an American means that we should defend our country in anyway we can.
Kids can help to support our country by being kind and obeying the law. They can show respect for our flag and all that it stands for. Sometimes kids need to do even more because they have loved ones who are in the military. When their moms or dads or aunts or uncles or older siblings go away in order to protect our country, it can make them feel very sad. They need to try to remember that they are military heroes no matter what kind of job they do in the military.
It’s okay to feel sad. Anyone would be sad when someone they love goes away. Sometimes when their loved ones come home, they act differently. Sometimes they get hurt and their injuries make it difficult for kids to understand and handle. My human uncle went to Vietnam when my mom was in high school. She remembers how worried her family was while he was away. Sometimes listening to the news can cause kids and adults to worry. That’s why I don’t like to listen too much to the news.
If you know someone who is in the military helping our country, you need to make sure you say thank you and try to understand how difficult it is for them. If you see a soldier in a wheelchair or with any other kind of injury, you can hold a door open or you can tell them how proud you are of their efforts. Don’t forget okay? Remember they are all military heroes.
One other very important thing. You should never let the American Flag touch the ground because that shows disrespect.
One of the things that we try to do here is share stories about people who do something that many people wouldn’t or couldn’t do. Our heroes make a difference for someone or for many and they come from every walk of life and every age. It is for that reason, we have created Rugby’s Wall of Heroes.
This wall is very important because it displays the names of heroes of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages and sexes. Those who have their names placed on this wall have shown courage, strength, compassion, wisdom, kindness, sincerity, honesty and so many other qualities.
Some of them are famous and some of them are not. They are everyday people like Wayne Isaacs who spent his days playing the harp for patients, their loved ones and staff at hospitals in order to sooth their spirits. They are also famous people like Anderson Cooper who had the courage to speak out and embrace his difference. They are people like Stash Serafin, the blind figure skater who exemplifies courage.
Each and every name on this wall stands for someone who has made a difference because he or she cared enough to do something. We want to add more and more heroes because children of all ages need to see that kind, honest and courageous efforts are respected and honored.
This wall is about heroes who are trying to lower the numbers of bullying events but this wall is also about people who just live with kindness and compassion. It is about people who serve as examples to everyone by the way they live their lives. It is about those who stand up to be heard and have the courage to make a difference! Children of all ages need heroes and that is why this hero wall was created.
The following are just a few of our heroes.
Do you remember…
- A Corpus Christi Texas student named Tyrell Clay who gave up his prom king crown to a bullied student by the name of Adam Chadwick? There are actually several heroes in this story. It goes without saying that Tyrell’s unselfish and kind actions make him a hero but there are other heroes. The other heroes are the people who modeled kindness and unselfishness for him to emulate. Parents, you have so much responsibility when it comes to your children.
- Alexis Wineman, who was crowned Miss Montana? She was the first Miss America Contestant who had been diagnosed with Autism in the pageant’s 92 years. Anyone who has listened to Alexis’s comments during her interviews heard her courage and desire to accomplish the same things that people without Autism can accomplish. She has been quoted as saying, “I have overcome a lot. I have overcome so many of my symptoms.”
- Elisha “Eli” Reimer, a fifteen year old and the first person with Down’s Syndrome to reach the base station of Mount Everest. This amazing young man has a passion for sports and his enthusiasm for “life” is contagious. Eli trained for over a year before he began his unique climb. He and his dad and six others hiked with purpose. They climbed 17,600 feet in frigid temperatures to benefit the Elisha Foundation.
- Kris Doubledee was driving his bus in the downtown area of Winnipeg when he saw a homeless man walking barefoot. What happened next was a random act of kindness on the part of this caring bus driver. He pulled the bus to the side of the road and took off the shoes he had on his own feet and gave them to the homeless man. With his task completed, Doubledee returned to his bus to continue driving his route but now without his shoes.
Do you know anyone who should be added to Rugby’s Wall of Heroes? If you do, we love to hear his or her story.