Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!

On this day we celebrate our great nation, Captain America wants to remind you that everyone can be a hero. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. CBS News recently profiled the Flag Ladies of Maine, who share their pride for their country by holding out the American flag every Tuesday. They haven’t missed a day since the first time they did so – September 11th, 2001.

They answer requests from churches and schools to appear, and also attend ceremonies for flights with soldiers leaving and returning from overseas. The father of one soldier they bid farewell to related to member Elaine Greene the inspiration the Flag Ladies brought to his son, who lost his life in Iraq.

“His father called me about three to four months later to thank me. He said, ‘My son was killed. When he left, he was in a very dark place but I got a call when he arrived in Iraq and he said, I met some ladies and dad, I’m going to be okay because I met people worth dying for, if it has to be.’ His father was calling to thank us because we gave his son his dignity. He didn’t die in a dark place. If I never did another thing in my life, if it’s all I ever had done, it would have been enough,” said Greene.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.