Innovations in technology and transportation have made it possible for everyone to reach even the farthest corners of the earth. We barely even blink at the amazing feat that is flying across large expanses of space! That is how normalized traveling has become. Despite all of this, there can sometimes be something special about connecting with a complete stranger from a different background. Perhaps no one knows this better than this particular war hero.
Happiness and faith often come and go a lot quicker than we wish they did. This is why there is something admirable in people who know how to appreciate the little things in life. They will likely be able to relate to the story that we have in store for you. Happiness does not come in a one size fits all package. It is often there even in the darkest moments, just waiting to be discovered. Have you ever heard the Rihanna song that goes “We found love in a hopeless place”? Those lyrics pretty much sum up the story shared by our two protagonists.
Hurricane Katrina was an awful storm that hit the U.S. in 2005. The coastal city of New Orleans was hit hardest, tearing through poor-ridden communities, taking all these people had and leaving them with absolutely nothing. After Katrina hit New Orleans, the city was 80% underwater, in some areas, a whopping 15 feet. Special Forces units from the U.S. army were deployed to save the people who called New Orleans home. Sergeant Mike Maroney was one of the many soldiers who aided in the evacuation of the city. Maroney’s job was to survey from above, on a helicopter. This view allowed him to see things foot soldiers weren’t able to. From high up, he completed hundreds of rescue missions, saving many grateful families from the horrors below.
Mike had one rescue mission that separated from the rest. The compassion this certain family showed, and their true kindness to the soldier really warmed his heart, staying in his mind and heart for years to come. Without soldiers coming to the rescue, many more residents would have been abandoned, crying out for help, but to no avail. We commend soldiers like Mike who put their lives on the line for the benefit of others. They define true hero.
Mike, The Sergeant
Master Sergeant Mike Maroney had been ordered to rescue people during the time that Hurricane Katrina was raging in the United States. Maroney was saving lives, but he had no idea what was in store for him. The devastating hurricane made a mark on history and changed innumerable lives across the country. Maroney is another person whose life has been influenced by the natural disaster. Did it have a positive or negative impact? Only time will give us the answer.