What is a Peace Hero?Webster describes a hero as, "A man noted for courageous acts or nobility of purpose.
One who has risked or sacrificed his life".Peace is described as, "The absence of war or other hostilities".Isn't that the life of a Marine?Every day they are willing to risk their lives for the courageous act of peace.Values such as Honor, Courage, and Commitment are what make Marines and in essence, Heroes.
Up until 1999 I never really thought about the Marine Corps, but when my brother became a Marine, my knowledge of what they stand for greatly increased.I realize throughout the 20th Century, there has been many peace heroes.But where would these heroes be without the heroes behind the scenes maintaining the peace in which they live. The Marines have a greater responsibility than we can possibly fathom.They hold the essence of peace in their hands.With courage they defend the country they are called to serve.
Many of us do not understand this calling, but we enjoy the benefits they provide.While we work our eight-hour days and go to a safe place of refuge called home, they are deployed from their home, family, and friends to a foreign country not always safe.They guard their post without question, putting their very lives on the line every day, all day.They provide a blanket of security for all of us to sleep under, yet during peace times we forget they are still there, guarding, keeping us safe from harm. During the 20th Century many wars were fought, from the Philippine-American War (1899-1902) to the Persian Gulf War (1991), the Marines were there serving and protection our nation.
Marines have participated in all wars of the United States, being in most instancesfirst, or among thefirst to fight.After the war is declared officially over, the Marines stay as a peacekeeping force.Often the mere presence of the Marines is enough of a deterrent to keep peace..