[April 8, 2021] Valor is a word we do not often hear. Valor is showing great courage in the face of extreme danger, especially in battle. Often, I’ve written about heroes who show courage and bravery confronting many challenges that life throws our way. ‘Valor’ means voluntarily facing mortal danger to protect others.
“You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it; for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor.” – Alexander the Great
You can’t buy valor.
There is no human right to victory on the battlefield. No destiny presages triumph over your country’s enemies. To win occurs only through the skill and devotion, the valor, and the strength of your troops. All else fails.
If there is one thing that all militaries have learned over the thousands of years of war is that valor in battle cannot be purchased at any price. Those who show great bravery in the face of mortal danger are often the most unpredictable soldier, the least expected, and the one a leader may have dismissed.
We can only recognize valor.
Every medal of valor recipient has faced life-threatening danger. Each stood their ground. Each was witness to arbitrary power over them. We hold them up as examples to others so that we may shout to everyone what is the most valued of all acts of bravery that a man can achieve.
Those who are willing to stand and pledge their lives to their nation demonstrate a moral act. To protect one’s nation from enemies has been an act of such high value that it represents the survival of our nation. In America, we rightly look upon those who earned the Medal of Honor with a sense of awe.
To someone who has demonstrated valor means to know a human of the greatest worth.
For those of us fortunate enough to speak with a person who has demonstrated valor on the battlefield, is to know more than we can imagine. It means we can see, for our own eyes, the epitome of human worth. It means that we have stood in the presence of greatness and awe.
I have been fortunate to have done so and continue to highlight those men and women who are our nation’s real heroes.