Question on our Facebook page yesterday: We say “hero”, you say _________?
The answer, from Lisa Robinson, soprano and former board president: Be one – no cape required.
She’s right. Heroes are all around us, and they don’t all wear capes.
We see them in helmets and uniforms. We make way for their flashing lights when they respond to our panicked 911 and 411 calls. We watch them do their jobs. But there are more, Joe and Jane Q. Public who respond because they’re there—unheralded good Samaritans who happen to come along and rise to the challenge, sometimes crossing that line between brave and crazy, nearly always shrugging off thanks and praise because “it was the right thing to do.”
Sometimes it’s a small thing—like the guy who dashes out at a red light to rescue a backpack, still miraculously on top of the owner’s car because no one’s been going more than 20 miles an hour. Sometimes it’s bigger—like the woman who notices that the four-year-old in the mall doesn’t seem to be with any one in particular and keeps the child company until a responsible adult is found. Then there’s the big stuff that makes the news—stopping a mugging, delivering a baby by the side of the road, calmly talking down an armed assailant, rushing into a burning building because the fire department is still two minutes away. You know, the folks who end up sitting next to FLOTUS during the SOTU speech.
And then there are the people around us, every day, the ones who we don’t see because “it’s just life.” The suddenly single parents, the unexpected caregivers who put their lives on hold, the teachers who notice who is being bullied, the teens who go ahead and shovel the elderly neighbor’s driveway, the cashiers who flirt with the kids who’re thisclose to losing it in the checkout line and cheer them up …. much to the entire store’s relief.
Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, and ages. Sometimes they’re obvious. Often they’re quiet, as only unsung heroes can be. But they make a lasting difference—not just to the people they help, but to their loved ones too. They and their actions are an inspiration to us. They make us want to be better. They give us hope. They too, should be sung and celebrated.
So please join us for this season’s concert for a cause. We sing Someone To Watch Over Me: Everyday Heroes – 4:30 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Vienna Baptist Church – in partnership with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, the Vienna Police Department, and the 2015 World Police and Fire Games.
Tickets are $25/adults, $20/seniors (65+) and students (15 – 18), and free to youth (14 and below, and with a paying audience member).
Tickets are now on sale through choir members or online at http://vcs-heroes.eventbrite.com/