Honor Our Soldiers Initiative Asks "Who's Your Hero"
(Washington, D.C.) — Honor Our Soldiers, an initiative sponsored by the Civil War Trust, launched a new campaign to recognize the men and women who have served in the military by sharing their individual stories of courage and sacrifice with over than 40,000 supporters nationwide. “Who’s Your Hero?” encourages users to submit stories of their family and friends who have worn the uniform to honor the esteemed legacy of America’s warriors.
“We owe an immeasurable debt to these courageous individuals who sacrificed so much for our freedom, and – although it’s not much – this is one way we can say thank you,” Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer said. “It’s just another component of Honor Our Soldiers’ mission – whether preserving battlefields or sharing these incredible stories – we’re ultimately trying to honor the legacy of these brave men and women.”
Each week, Honor Our Soldiers selects one story to feature on its Facebook page to raise awareness of the dedication and sacrifice shown by all who have served. Those who want to honor someone—whether it be an ancestor who fell at Gettysburg or a son currently serving in Afghanistan— should submit their hero’s story and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. A recent story featured was that of 2nd Lt. Justin Sisson, who was nominated by his friend and veterans’ advocate, Signé Thomas.
“[Justin] always wanted to serve his country,” Thomas said. “In fact, after being in ROTC for two years he put college on hold for a year and deployed with the Army National Guard to Iraq so that he could get the experience of an enlisted soldier since he would one day lead men into battle. It’s not how he died that makes Justin a hero—it is the way he lived his life…such an inspiration to so many individuals.”
The Honor Our Soldiers campaign seeks to create an awareness of the thousands of acres of hallowed ground that are currently threatened by development. Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed, denying future generations the opportunity to feel the presence of all who fought and died on those grounds. Since its kick-off in September, the Honor Our Soldiers has garnered more than 45,000 followers and supporters nationwide. It includes an online petition through which concerned Americans can show their support for saving the fields on which our freedom was forged.
The Honor Our Soldiers campaign is sponsored by the Civil War Trust, the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 38,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. To honor our soldiers – past and present — sign the petition online at www.ipetitions.com/petition/honor-our-soldiers, visit www.HonorOurSoldiers.org and follow @HonorOurSoldier on Twitter.