The discussions led me to an article on NPR titled Sgt. Rafael Peralta, American Hero. Our society uses the word "hero" in such a nonchalant manner at times that I'm afraid we've lost sight of the true meaning of the word.
Sgt. Peralta epitomizes the word "hero". The only way we can honor his actions and the man that he was is to tell his story. And the only way you can tell his story is to go read it.
Kaemmerer recounts how later on the night of Nov. 15, a friend approached him and said: "You're still here; don't forget that. Tell your kids, your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines today." Don't forget. Good advice for all of us.