No man has been through so much and still been able to live with a positive outlook on life. The man was born in the early 20th century, persevered through his tough childhood, and became an Olympic track star. With so much potential, Zamperini’s legs were taken from under him with the start of World War II. His fighter plane was shot down, and he and two other men were stranded on a raft for the next 40 days. When it seemed like it couldn’t get any worse, the raft landed on a Japanese Island and he was taken in as a POW. For the next three years, he was beaten and abused. After the war came to an end, he was finally able to return to his country.
As he spoke to my high school this past week, I was truly amazed. A man that has been hated on so much throughout his life, still loves the world. A man nearing the 100-year-old plateau, still astute as ever, portrayed that hate only hinders mankind. By forgiving all the people that inflicted harm on him, and continuing to display grand acts of kindness to all, he is the perfect American Hero.