heroism

Heroism is latent in every human soul…However humble or unknown, [the veterans] have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all self-denials; privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-long hurts and losses, death itself—for some great good, dimly seen but dearly held.

 Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Memorial Day Address (1884)

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