Saving Private Ryan

Private Ryan was one of four brothers fighting in World War Two. After his other three brothers died, the U.S made it a mission to bring home Ryan. As Captain Miller and his men finally save Ryan, they must fight in one last battle together, where Miller is fatally wounded. Captain Miller gave his life to save Private Ryan’s life – He left a legacy in Ryan’s life when his last words were “Earn this.” Ryan lived each day to not only repay that legacy, but to leave his own.

Legacy is about impacting your community, and those around you in a way that lasts long after your time; make that legacy positive. We are all blessed with people in our life that have made sacrifices to better us, whether it’s a parent, teacher, or friend! It is our job to earn what they have given us and leave a similar legacy.  After that moment with Captain Miller, Ryan spent everyday working to justify the loss Miller made. Legacy is not about leaving an image of you in the world, it is about leaving an impact that others see long after our time.

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Sara Tucholsky- Sportsmanship

In a college softball game, Sara Tucholsky hits the first home run of her life, but as she rounds first base, her ACL tears and she is unable to run any further. If a pinch runner had been put in for Sara or if she had gotten help from her teammates, her home run would be called a two-run single. Two players from the other team pick Sara up and carry her around the bases, resulting in the loss of the game for them. Their only reasoning behind their unprecedented actions was that Sara deserved it. This act of kindness was about more than the win or loss; loss; they felt that helping Sara was the right thing to do. They put their own wishes aside in order to help another, showing true leadership.

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The Extra Mile

This fantastic demonstration of leadership comes to us in the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck at birth and he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Despite this disability, Rick’s father Dick wanted Rick to be able to have the same experiences as normal people. Dick trained and conditioned to be able to run marathons and IronMan courses all while pushing, pulling, and biking Rick. Dick’s sacrifice and dedication to Rick is unparalleled.

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