The legacy of Heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example
Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
Whilst it is understood that the term Hero can mean many things to many people, Helensburgh Heroes has used the term in the context of describing someone who has given us all a great example. An example from who we can learn and be inspired to emulate.
The dictionary defines a hero as a person distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc. or a person who is idealised for possessing superior qualities in any field and it is these traits that we want to recognise and celebrate.
Heroism is most often exemplified through the efforts of ordinary men and women who persistently strive to overcome whatever challenges they face, choosing not to quit, and setting no limit on the heights they personally wish to achieve.
Every single person has the ability to become a hero or heroine – they just need the opportunity and an example.
Just for One Day
A practical demonstration of this concept was made back in 2009, when over 100 local Helensburgh & Lomond residents, aged 7 to 70, came together to record, ‘Live Aid’ style, a version of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s classic ‘Heroes’. Blending local professional musicians with volunteers, the recording was believed to be the first time a local community had banded together to record, produce and release a single.
The record was described by David Bowie’s record company as ‘unbelievably professional and full of passion’ and the overall project was adjudged to have been “one of the most inspirational, ambitious, complex and inclusive community projects imaginable.” Bowie himself helped raise awareness for the recording by promoting it on his website.