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Celebrating our Heroes

A hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.

Samantha Slappey | UPS

When you think of a hero, what image first comes to mind?

When you were a kid, it might have been Batman saving Gotham from yet another deadly attack.

But now? Maybe it’s a first responder to the site of an emergency. Or, it’s that family member who helped you make it through an extraordinarily tough time.

It’s different for everyone. But what makes them similar is the impact they leave on our lives.

Of course, in the US — we have our military heroes — who we honor this week on Veteran’s Day.

These are the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our nation safe and our freedoms intact. And for that, we owe them a debt of gratitude.

But we also see different form of heroism from regular people each day. These heroes are our teachers, our business leaders, our neighbors and our friends who impact our world in a way that makes it better.

This week on Longitudes, we’re celebrating those people — starting with Jared Hill’s – a continuation in our TED@UPS talk series. In A Leap of Faith – you’ll hear just how “on hold” Jared put his life to serve an impoverished community in Africa.

That’s not all. We’ll also hear Regina Hartley’s TED@UPS talk. She’s made a career out of giving chances to those who may otherwise be overlooked.

Then on Veteran’s Day, we’ll highlight a military hero who brings a unique set of skills and leadership abilities to UPS.

As Maya Angelou once said: “a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

It’s hard to deny that these heroes are making the world a better place. Join us this week as we share their stories! goldbrown2

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Samantha Slappey , affectionately known as Sammy, is a content editor for Longitudes. She is a proud University of Georgia alum and a former member of the UGA rowing team.

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