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  • “On June 10, Scott O’Grady addressed the reporters at Aviano Air Base in Italy. ‘If it wasn’t for God’s love for me,’ he said, ‘and my love for God, I wouldn’t have gotten through it.’ But he also reserved special thanks for the ‘people at the pointy end of the spear’—the Marines who had risked their lives to save him. ‘If you want to find heroes,’ he said, ‘that’s where you should look.’”
  • “Pilot Down: The Rescue of Scott O’Grady,” Reader’s Digest, November 1995
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“In our society, we label people as heroes and a lot of times we focus on the wrong groups. The sports stars and the rock stars and the movie stars are entertainers. They're not heroes. They don't help people. The everyday person, the fireman and the teacher and the policeman and doctor, are literally out there making a difference. They're the real heroes. They don't do it for glory or money. Those are the people our kids should be emulating, not the guy who plays baseball or football for millions of dollars.”

  • “In our society, we label people as heroes and a lot of times we focus on the wrong groups. The sports stars and the rock stars and the movie stars are entertainers. They're not heroes. They don't help people. The everyday person, the fireman and the teacher and the policeman and doctor, are literally out there making a difference. They're the real heroes. They don't do it for glory or money. Those are the people our kids should be emulating, not the guy who plays baseball or football for millions of dollars.”
  • “Breakfast with Scott O’Grady,” post-gazette.com, November 27, 2000
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Writing Assignment: Using the format of a narrative/memoir, write an essay that addresses the following writing prompt:

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  • Writing Assignment: Using the format of a narrative/memoir, write an essay that addresses the following writing prompt:
  • “This I believe, that heroes exist in this world.”

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Some 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.”

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  • This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Some 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.”
  • (http://thisibelieve.org)

This I Believe Essay-Writing Guidelines:

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  • This I Believe Essay-Writing Guidelines:
  • We invite you to contribute to this project by writing and submitting your own statement of personal belief. We understand how challenging this is—it requires such intimacy that no one else can do it for you. To guide you through this process, we offer these suggestions:

Tell a story:

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  • Tell a story:
  • Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in the events of your life. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and family, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs.

Be brief:

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  • Be brief:
  • Your statement should be between 350 and 500 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.

Name your belief:

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  • Name your belief:
  • If you can’t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. Also, rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief, because three minutes is a very short time.
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  • Be positive:
  • Please avoid preaching or editorializing. Tell us what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.” Make your essay about you; speak in the first person.

Be personal:

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  • Be personal:
  • Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.

Writing Objectives For Your Essay

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  • Writing Objectives For Your Essay
  • Use the elements of:
  • Snapshot
  • Thoughtshot
  • Explode the Moment
  • An “Aha Moment”

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