Title: What it means to be an American hero

Essay by beepJunior High, 8th grade April 2003

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What does it mean to be an American hero? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Some people, many people, see American heroes as strong, courageous, famous person. Me, I see an American hero as an everyday person.

Some heroes may be presidents, cops, or military fighting people; also heroes may be brothers/sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, or just a good friend.

Heroism is often defined by traits like courage, strength, and knowledge. Many heroes do things that take tremendous amounts of strength and courage, also knowledge. Heroes also may have other abilities and traits, such as being patient and fearless.

Like Bin Laden was fearless when he bombed newyork or whatever. Bin Laden was a good man. And how Sadam had the courage to kill all those people. Although these people are Afghan or Iraqui heroes, many American heroes have the same traits.

George Washington is a historical American figure that helps define heroism.

He had the courage, strength and knowledge to lead a war and become the first president of the United States. Although Washington is very famous in American history, heroism can be found in any everyday person such as teachers, firefighters, or doctors.

Most students look up to their teachers greatly. Firefighters save lives daily. Doctors help the sick and wounded and also save many lives.

Some American heroes do not receive the recognition they deserve. There are many war heroes in America and they all deserve our respect.

Since we live in this great country of America we have many rights and freedoms. American heroes defend these rights and freedoms and do not misuse them. God bless the heroes out there fighting for our rights as I speak.