Sunday, April 22, 2007

Two heroes from forgotten times

The past two weeks have been full of horror all over the world yet I found two examples of how things should be done. One was the act of selfless courage from a College professor and the second was the act of fierce determination from a 1944 beauty queen.

When one reads about the life of Professor Liviu Librescu of Virginia Tech and one of his motto's being that "he believed that problems can and should be solved and it is our duty to act in order to do that." One can understand why he barricaded the door to the lecture hall to prevent the madman from harming his students. A true hero.

The other was when I read of this "Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment." This old lady resisted and actually captured the perpetrator! Her life story is as amazing as the professors but from a totally different background.
"With a relative who fought in the Revolutionary War, a Grandfather who was a Kentucky State Senator and a father who was a Kentucky State Representative in 1934, it seemed destined that Venus Ramey would develop a passion for public service within the United States political system. In fact, she began this interest at a young age as a page in the Kentucky House or Representatives." Another true hero.
The crux of the matter is that both of them had values that made them refuse to bow to evil. It is remarkable that these people, no matter their upbringing have the fortitude to do what they did, why is it that so many others refuse to shirk the responsibility to stand up when they see evil?
I for one have learned a valuable lesson from both these heroes, may I keep their example in my heart and act when the time comes.
I think because of these heroes we can all echo Professor Liviu son Joe's thoughts "I walked through the streets with my head held high because I have such a father,"

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