Help find our ‘Unsung Heroes’Published 12:00am Sunday, January 27, 2013
We have grown into a society fixated on hero worship. But, unfortunately, much of our culture often showers this attention on the wrong individuals.
Athletes. Movie stars. Politicians. People simply chosen to be on TV. All have been elevated to idol-like status by the masses who seem to often overlook our true heroes.
Policemen. Firefighters. Teachers. Those serving in the Armed Services.
Those are the individuals who are clearly our heroes. These people only get token appreciation, and often only with lip service instead of actions.
But there also many others who are often overlooked and may not be quite as easily identifiable.
They do not wear uniforms. They likely don’t have a badge or a gun. Their lives may not be exciting, glamorous or make headlines. This isn’t comic books, so they don’t wear capes or masks.
They are the senior citizen down the street who donates her time and money to help other seniors. It might be the educator who buys supplies out of his own pocket in order to help children learn better. Maybe it is the individual who sacrifices her own hard-earned money to feed the hungry.
The list goes on and on. These are our area’s Unsung Heroes.
As it does each year, The Tribune wants to help change the “unsung” part by recognizing these men and women in our Profile special edition. The best candidates will be featured in the section that will be published Feb. 24.
Has someone you know gone above and beyond the call of duty? Do you know someone whose love and support have helped their families and communities? Does a friend or neighbor standout from others while never seeking attention?
Tell us about that person.
All nominations must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 1 by filling out the form that has been published in the newspaper or simply emailing me a short write-up explaining why this individual is your Unsung Hero.
Please include your name, address and phone number with your nomination for verification purposes. You can nominate as many people as you like and this can be done anonymously if you so choose.
Lawrence County is filled with individuals who selflessly serve others and serve the community. They deserve some attention.
Michael Caldwell is publisher of The Tribune. To reach him, call (740) 532-1445 ext. 24 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCaldwell_IT.