Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 06, 2012
America's military men and women come from everywhere: cities, farms, small towns, even other countries. They represent the diversity of race, religion, ethnicity and profession that make America great. And yet they share a bond so profound few of us can even imagine: the willingness to put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of another. The stories of these young members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who ignore their own peril to save others from harm, are no less extraordinary for being so commonplace.
What leads to some of these remarkable individuals being recipients of a medal for valor is the subject of “Heroes,” published by Stars and Stripes, the military’s independent source for news and information, in partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and The Boeing Company. Now in its eighth edition, “Heroes” begins distribution of 1.64 million copies on June 14th (Flag Day) in honor of the many soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have been recognized for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The special section tells the story of men and women who have shown astonishing courage under fire. In telling these stories about valor and sacrifice we also believe ‘Heroes’ honors all the men and women in uniform and the sacrifices and hardships they and their families routinely endure for the sake of all Americans,” said Terry Leonard, Stars and Stripes editorial director.
Publisher Max D. Lederer Jr., said, “This is the eighth year for the publication of ‘Heroes,’ an annual tribute to the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces. While the number of personnel actively participating in the conflicts has reduced, the danger and the acts of heroism remain undiminished. Stars and Stripes is privileged to continue telling a few stories of the many who serve with remarkable courage and a degree of self-sacrifice few of us will ever know.
“In partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Stars and Stripes ‘Heroes’ relates the experience of a few warfighters, who stand as surrogates for thousands of others whose valor is equally inspiring. It is important that all Americans understand the daily sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. By telling the story of the U.S. military, Stars and Stripes helps to ensure that these brave men and women will not be forgotten. ‘Heroes’ is a salute to the honor and dedication of our military men and women,” Lederer continued.
“Heroes” will be published overseas in the Europe, Pacific and Middle East editions of Stars and Stripes beginning June 14. Thanks to support from The Boeing Company, “Heroes” will then be distributed through military base newspapers in the United States and also through Department of Defense schools located stateside and abroad. Delivery to key outlets in the nation’s capital will include Capitol Hill, where House and Senate members will receive a number of hand-delivered copies; throughout the K Street “power corridor” and business community, and in The Washington Post.
Following its publication in print on June 14, additional multimedia content and an enhanced version of “Heroes” will be available online at the Stars and Stripes website, http://www.stripes.com/heroes.
Stars and Stripes reports on military matters as the only independent source for news and information operating inside the U.S. Department of Defense that serves the global U.S. military community. Editorially independent of any outside interference and influence, Stars and Stripes provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective, factual staff-produced stories relevant to the military community it serves.