I was at Ground Zero yesterday with my brother and father and saw a wall listing all the names of those who died on 9/11. It was labeled the “heroes of 9/11”. There were unquestionably some heroes on that list, but all of them? They were definitely victims of an atrocious act, but doesn’t calling them all heroes reduce the meaning of the word for those who performed truly heroic acts that day? What happened that day is incomprehensible to someone who wasn’t there, and maybe to many who were there. Similarly the actions of some people that day are almost impossible to imagine – we should absolutely celebrate those heroes. But let’s make sure we give them the status they deserve and not remove the meaning of the word by sharing it so broadly.