In today’s “modern” world, what constitutes a hero? Is he or she famous? Does their names fill daily conversation? Do they hit home runs, or score touchdowns? Sink the birdie put on the 18th green to win a major? Or, do the protect this country, or how about those protecting other countries. As an American, our troops are heroes, but to the Islamic fundamentalist, terrorists or “freedom fighters” are considered heroes. So, how about a hero for the world. Recently, Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand died at age 88. Have you heard of him? A lot of people have not. At the top of his accomplishments, nothing to big… he is just one of the first people, along with Tenzing Norgay, to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. He accomplished this feat in 1953. Since then, many people have followed in his footsteps, but the most amazing thing is, people had been attempting this since 1924. Along with this, he devoted his life to helping the people of Nepal. To me, he truly was, and remains a hero for the entire world. Sir Edmund Hillary died at Auckland City Hospital, in New Zealand, at 9am, Friday, January 11. He will remain as one of the greatest adventurers of all time.


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