I interviewed my neighbor SFC Vaca for my veterans essay. SFC Vaca join the Army in 1988. He was only eighteen years old and straight out of high school. He did his basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. After completing his basic training he headed off to AIT, in Ft Eustis, Virginia.
A year ago, the Veteran Support Specialist position had opened up. Theodore conducted a search and ended up hiring an old high school friend, Richard Johnson. Richard had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan (one with Theodore) and two tours of duty in Iraq. Richard’s references always commented on how well he
Clay had said that his father caused his family a great deal of pain. He might not have been proud of his father, but Cassius was proud of was his great-grandfather who was a military commander and an Abolitionist whom he was also named after. Cassius would love to brag and tell stories about him to his friends about how great he was. In school Cassius wasn’t the best. His grades were slipping and was taken out
In the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines, Grant is a main character that has a lot of influence over the people in his community. Some might even consider him a hero. I believe that Grant is a hero because he helps Jefferson become a man, changes himself for the better, and wants to continue changing the community. Over the course of the novel, Grant helps Jefferson become the man that he needs to be in order to walk to his death with honor. When Grant first begrudgingly went to visit Jefferson in prison Jefferson was in a really low state.
The story “Real Work” by Rick Braggs, told of a man who had learned some hard lessons early on in his life. He described that it might be hard, hot and you might get dirty, but it was worth it. The author showed us with his comparison and contrast of his childhood experiences working with his uncle, that he experienced things at the time, that possibly made little sense. The examples of some of the work he did, was really tough. The fraternity he mentioned made me picture someone who had to push their body to extremes for their paycheck.
Mahatma Gandhi is a world known leader that inspires people every day with his story of fighting for freedom. He once made this claim about leadership, “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” This quote relates a lot to the character of Bernard in Ender’s Game. Bernard leads by using his body size in order to make the other kids feel small and powerless, but his method doesn’t exactly work out. The science fiction novel, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is about effective and ineffective leadership and reveals that a person can’t be placed in a position of leadership, true leadership must be earned over time. According to Card, being a leader does not involve bullying for power.
These lyrics meaning that when someone thought they had them beat, they did not because they had experienced more in their life, and they will not back down. Commentary 2: 12 Stone’s song, “Anthem For the Underdog”, is a good theme song for Ender Wiggin because when the other toon leaders in battle school thought that they had Ender beat, they were wrong. Ender had already gone through so much pain, even though he was a lot younger than the rest of them. Since he has been though that pain, he does not want to have to go through it again, so he will put that pain towards others and will not take the other toon leaders trying to beat him. Peter- Burn It To the Ground by
I know others might feel differently but in this essay I give my reasoning on why I believe that Americans are brave, welcoming, and judgmental. A lot of Americans are very brave. They endure things but tend to not care and still try to be their own individual selves. “ Sitting there, with his eyes almost shut from his beating, making another American flag.” (McCain pg.7) This is a great example of an American who is brave. Even though, he was beaten in an inch of his life for having the flag in his shirt, he still decided that he wanted to have the American flag still close to him while he was imprisoned, so he risked getting another beating and sewed it in his shirt again.
My great-grandfather, was a hero because he fought in world war 2, after many other hardships in his life. A big reason for that statement as a hero is the reason stated prior to this. He wasn’t forced to fight, he signed up for it. Even though he lived in Italy, the tension in Germany in the mid 1930’s was too much for everyone, including his family. The issue was that they wanted to go to America, but they couldn’t afford the expenses of taking
In the novel We All Fall Down by Eric Walters, during a crisis people become their strongest and best self. Will was a regular ignorant teenager at the beginning of the book but persevered through the attack and was a stronger person by the end. At the start of the book, Will was just an innocent kid that wasn’t impressed by his dad’s work. When Will’s father explained the details of the World Trade Center, Will said, “That’s an awful lot of money,” (39) He said that while trying to sound interested. During the attack, Will had a flash of reality since they were just in a life or death situation.
Feelings and thoughts went through my mind as I read about Wiesel’s experience as a German prisoner. I thought he was really brave and everything was just unfortunate for him because it was also hard for himself to live but with that, he had to help his father too in order to save him. If I could talk to him about this time in his life, I would ask him if he would have given up sooner if his father died earlier. I would want him to explain about some inconsiderate things that he has thought about his father as they were on the camp.