Unfortunately, we are losing more and more of the heroes from WWII everyday which means that many of their stories will be lost forever. One of those unbelievable stories was recently made into a movie titled Hacksaw Ridge.
If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. The short version of the story is that this heroic man, Desmond Doss, refused to pick up a weapon, but wanted to do his part in the war effort. So he volunteered as a medic in the Army.
Spoiler alert: he went on to save 75 men by carrying them off the battlefield and lowering them off the side of a hill known by the Americans as Hacksaw Ridge. He was the first noncombatant to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
While I did recently see the movie, which I again highly recommend, my gratitude for this hero was brought on today by visiting the site of the actual Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, Japan. While much of the area is now covered with buildings and a very large cemetary, it was still awe inspiring to walk somewhere where something so heroic took place.
It was a reminder to me that truly heroic people can come from literally anywhere, and that we must never underestimate the power of a human soul who simply wants to do good and help other people.
I will likely never be asked to do something as difficult as Desmond Doss, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for all of us to be equally heroic. That’s why today I am grateful for heroes who inspire us to do those heroic things.
What are you grateful for?