Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Many Heroes in the Month of May

The month of May is looked at by some as Heroes Appreciation Month. It is also be looked at as National Military Appreciation Month and National Inventors Month. However you look at it, May is the month of many heroes.

Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor. Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Flags are also positioned half-staff to remember the more than 1 million men and women who gave their lives for our country.

Teachers certainly are among the most deserving too.
The first Tuesday of May honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who they become. From Kindergarten through college,
teachers are an important part of our children's lives.

Then we have inventors and their inventions, who shape the way we live our lives. Thomas Edison is usually credited with the invention of the light bulb, but the famous American inventor wasn't the only one who contributed to the development of this revolutionary technology. The story of the light bulb begins long before Edison patented the first commercially successful light bulb in 1879.

In 1800, Italian inventor Alessandro Volta developed the first practical method of generating electricity. Made of alternating discs of zinc and copper -- interspersed with layers of cardboard soaked in salt water -- the pile conducted electricity when a copper wire was connected at either end. Alessandro Vota's "glowing copper wire" was considered to be one of the earliest manifestations of incandescent lighting. Shortly after, an English inventor named Humphrey Davy produced the world's first electric lamp by connecting voltaic piles to charcoal electrodes. However, neither of these were a practical source of lighting. These resources of lighting either burned out quickly or were way too bright for use in a home or work space.

Soon after, a scientist, a chemist and an inventor designed light bulbs that solved problems of previous inventors; but none got as close to perfection as Edison and his team of researchers. After testing different materials that could be used for the filaments, Edison and his team found that carbonized bamboo filament could burn for more than 1,200 hours. Then, years later, came the carbon and tungsten filaments; tungsten being the primary material used in incandescent bulb filaments today. But just like the number of other filaments, incandescent bulbs and tungsten are going to be the thing of the past.

The men and woman who died serving our country, the educators who instill respect, value and integrity in our children, and the inventors who changed the world we live in all have one thing in common, and that is a hero. A hero is a brave person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

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