This is the continuing chain of heroism that forms a civic spine for a country of challengers and dreamers. Its no wonder we give birth to men who write things like: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights" or "We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice" or "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." We. We. We. As John Donne wrote, no man is an island, and even though America is based in part upon a passion for individual freedom and liberty, we also recognize that we are only as strong as our weakest link. And that is the essence of our heroism, or at least the heroism of those citizens who greet the day and the week and the following years with dedication to their brothers and sisters.