History Heartwarming / RealLifeOther

19th Feb '17 5:07:36 PM nombretomado
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** Fan favorite seiyuu Creator/NorioWakamoto was reportedly missing during the quake, but he eventually informed everyone that he's all right, ''and is already helping the other victims'' (since he used to be a police officer before turning seiyuu). He stated that the biggest one has yet to come, but he's ready to give his soul for the people. This act is what truly cements him to be a shining example of MeanCharacterNiceActor, [[DragonBall if]] [[CodeGeass you]] [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara consider]] [[StreetFighter his]] [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} portfolio]].

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** Fan favorite seiyuu Creator/NorioWakamoto was reportedly missing during the quake, but he eventually informed everyone that he's all right, ''and is already helping the other victims'' (since he used to be a police officer before turning seiyuu). He stated that the biggest one has yet to come, but he's ready to give his soul for the people. This act is what truly cements him to be a shining example of MeanCharacterNiceActor, [[DragonBall if]] [[CodeGeass [[Anime/CodeGeass you]] [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara consider]] [[StreetFighter his]] [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} portfolio]].
12th Jan '17 10:00:50 PM UrthWyrm
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* In the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan, her once-political enemy Nawaz Sharif was the first to arrive at hospital to be with her. He later condemned the attack and publicly vowed that he would "fight her war from now on" regarding their shared goal of getting the at-the-time President Pervez Musharraf out of power. He made good on his promise a few months later.



* One from the Persian Wars. In 490 BC, the Persian Empire, arguably the most powerful state which had ever existed by that point, had decided to deal with a couple of cities who assisted a rebellion against Persian rule. Of the two, Eretria fell in short order, leaving only Athens on Darius' list of places to raze. The Athenians sent for Spartan aid, only to find the Spartans commemorating a religious festival. Alone, the Athenian phalanx prepared to face the full might of the Imperial army. Suddenly, they saw a cloud of dust in the distance bearing down on them. Pessimism suggested this was yet more Persian allies. Instead it was 1000 men - all those who could fight - from the Boeotian town of Plataea. Some years before, Plataea had sent to Athens for assistance after their independence was threatened by their overbearing neighbour Thebes. Athens duly sent an army to face the Thebans who had by this stage besieged Plataea. Thus, in honour of this action, the Plataeans marched out to the aid of their ally. One hell of a Heartwarming Moment from an Athenian point of view and - considering this is a small town, little more than a village, facing off against an EMPIRE to repay a favour, surely a [[Awesome/RealLife Crowning Moment of Awesome]] for Plataea.
* Lieutenant General Joseph Carroll was a general in the Air Force and the founding director of the DIA, who reported directly to Secretary of Defense [=MacNamara=] and who helped plan the Vietnam War. After his retirement, one of his sons was called up for the draft during the war and was a conscientious objector. Despite having very hawkish views, General Carroll went to the draft office in full military uniform and stood up for his son, essentially saying that, wearing his uniform, it was clear that he didn't share his son's beliefs, but he respected the integrity of his convictions. His son was granted CO status and exempted from the draft.



* One from the Persian Wars. In 490 BC, the Persian Empire, arguably the most powerful state which had ever existed by that point, had decided to deal with a couple of cities who assisted a rebellion against Persian rule. Of the two, Eretria fell in short order, leaving only Athens on Darius' list of places to raze. The Athenians sent for Spartan aid, only to find the Spartans commemorating a religious festival. Alone, the Athenian phalanx prepared to face the full might of the Imperial army. Suddenly, they saw a cloud of dust in the distance bearing down on them. Pessimism suggested this was yet more Persian allies. Instead it was 1000 men - all those who could fight - from the Boeotian town of Plataea. Some years before, Plataea had sent to Athens for assistance after their independence was threatened by their overbearing neighbour Thebes. Athens duly sent an army to face the Thebans who had by this stage besieged Plataea. Thus, in honour of this action, the Plataeans marched out to the aid of their ally. One hell of a Heartwarming Moment from an Athenian point of view and - considering this is a small town, little more than a village, facing off against an EMPIRE to repay a favour, surely a [[Awesome/RealLife Crowning Moment of Awesome]] for Plataea.



* In the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan, her once-political enemy Nawaz Sharif was the first to arrive at hospital to be with her. He later condemned the attack and publicly vowed that he would "fight her war from now on" regarding their shared goal of getting the at-the-time President Pervez Musharraf out of power. He made good on his promise a few months later.
* Lieutenant General Joseph Carroll was a general in the Air Force and the founding director of the DIA, who reported directly to Secretary of Defense [=MacNamara=] and who helped plan the Vietnam War. After his retirement, one of his sons was called up for the draft during the war and was a conscientious objector. Despite having very hawkish views, General Carroll went to the draft office in full military uniform and stood up for his son, essentially saying that, wearing his uniform, it was clear that he didn't share his son's beliefs, but he respected the integrity of his convictions. His son was granted CO status and exempted from the draft.
12th Jan '17 9:57:19 PM UrthWyrm
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* On Friday June 26, 2015, The US Supreme Court ruled that Same-Sex Marriage is legal across all 50 states. Twitter celebrated with the #[=LoveWins=] ForcedMeme; if you used it in a tweet a rainbow heart would be added to your account.



* The Apollo 8 Mission. 1968 had been a really bad year, with the Vietnam War and many other things. Yet these three men went up there, knowingly risking their lifes, managed to become the first people to leave Earth's gravitational field... and one of the things they brought back was the photograph of an Earthrise, as seen from the Moon. TIME chose them as the Men of the Year. As the telegraph received by Borman said, "Thank you, Apollo 8. You saved 1968."
* How can we forget the doctors and nurses during the SARS period? Living, sleeping in wards and corridors, unable to see their families, facing an unknown and uncurable disease, yet never giving up and skipping town.
** OlderThanTheyThink. When [[ThePlague The Black Plague]] was sweeping Europe, and being a priest or nurse at the side of the thousands of dying would be a death sentence, the Church decreed that all those who stayed at the side of the dying would be given a free pass to Heaven. No one can say they didn't deserve it.



* The plaque of the Apollo 11 moon mission reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind". ''For all mankind''.
** President Nixon's phone call to the moon during the mission on the surface. The landing was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. The telephone call, especially for persons who value the logical and miraculous mind of man, is definitely the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming .
-->Hello Neil and Buzz. I'm talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House. And this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made. I just can't tell you how proud we all are of what you've done. For every American, this has to be the proudest day of our lives. And for people all over the world, I am sure they too join with Americans in recognizing what an immense feat this is. Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man's world. And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth. For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one. One in their pride in what you have done. And one in our prayers that you will return safely to Earth.
** The Challenger and Columbia memorials at Arlington Natl. Cemetery. "They touched the face of God" indeed.



* During the Apollo 11 mission, scientists in NASA weren't entirely sure that the lander would be able to reconnect with the orbital craft. Two days before the landing, William Safire was asked to prepare a speech [[WhatCouldHaveBeen in the event that Armstrong and Aldrin became stranded on the Moon.]] While it thankfully never had to be delivered, it's still incredibly moving to read today.
-->"Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]]. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding. They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown. In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man. In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood. Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Manís search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts. For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind."



* On Friday June 26, 2015, The US Supreme Court ruled that Same-Sex Marriage is legal across all 50 states. Twitter celebrated with the #[=LoveWins=] ForcedMeme; if you used it in a tweet a rainbow heart would be added to your account.
12th Jan '17 9:54:38 PM UrthWyrm
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* A Youtube video set up by some Canadian teens as a social experiment has one of them dress up as a Muslim woman while another harasses her on the street. Nobody tolerated it, every bystander came to defend her and one guy in particular responded to the continued onslaught of bigotry by punching the actor out.



*** An outstanding example would be the residents of small towns like Gander, Newfoundland, who pulled together to host the ''thousands'' of international travellers who were suddenly stranded on their doorstep when their flights were diverted to Canada following the shutdown of US airspace.

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*** An outstanding example would be the residents of small towns like Gander, Newfoundland, who pulled together to host the ''thousands'' of international travellers travelers who were suddenly stranded on their doorstep when their flights were diverted to Canada following the shutdown of US airspace.



* A youtube video set up by some Canadian teens as a social experiment has one of them dress up as a muslim woman while another harasses her on the street. Nobody tolerated it, every bystander came to defend her and one guy in particular responded to the continued onslaught of bigotry by punching the actor out.
12th Jan '17 9:52:30 PM UrthWyrm
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* A frumpy-looking, stout woman stepped on-stage on Britain's Got Talent, and announced that she wanted to be a professional singer. Many in the audience, even the judges, began to laugh at the thought, seeing the woman's appearance. Then she began to sing. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk She then got the highest approval rating of the show in three years]].
** The audience gives her a mid-song ''standing ovation.'' '''twice'''.



* A frumpy-looking, stout woman stepped on-stage on Britain's Got Talent, and announced that she wanted to be a professional singer. Many in the audience, even the judges, began to laugh at the thought, seeing the woman's appearance. Then she began to sing. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk She then got the highest approval rating of the show in three years]].
** The audience gives her a mid-song ''standing ovation.'' '''twice'''.
12th Jan '17 9:47:47 PM UrthWyrm
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* Four words: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_YBplucfuk I Have a Dream]]''.



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* Some years ago, the surviving members of the "Rats of Tobruk" (an association of Australian World War 2 veterans) decided that they were now too old and too few to continue maintaining the association's clubhouse. So they decided to sell the clubhouse (including all of its priceless memorabilia) with the intention of donating all the money from the sale to charity. The charity they picked was one that helped children afflicted with cancer, and in this manner they hoped - for one last time - that they could help ensure a brighter future for the younger generation.
** This story, in itself, was incredibly heart-warming on its own, but it took an even more incredible turn soon thereafter: Initially, property developers wanted to tear down the clubhouse and put a residential building in its place. However, when a rich businessman heard about the story he immediately paid almost '''double''' the price of the property, outbidding all other takers. After giving the money to the charity, the businessman then told the astonished veterans that ''"You can keep using it as long as you want. My debt to you can '''never''' be repaid."''
** Fittingly, the "Rats of Tobruk" were survivors of an eight-month siege in the desert, against one of the greatest Germans Generals of the war (Rommel). Their motto was two simple words: "No Surrender". They still haven't.
* When the Marquis de Lafayette was wounded at Brandywine -- basically, a rich kid fighting another country's war, just because he thought it was the right thing to do -- His Excellency Gen. George Washington took his personal physician aside and said, "Treat him as though he were my son." Made all the more heartwarming because Lafayette's father died in war when he was a baby and Washington was childless (although he loved his wife's children and grandchildren, and had several proteges). Reading a biography of Lafayette will provide plenty of such moments between them, though.
** In World War One, before America officially entered the war, there were American pilots fighting in a company named after Lafayette.
** Lafayette also earned the name "The Soldier's Friend" from the Revolutionary army. At one point, after hearing that several of his men were planning to desert, he called them all together and told them that he would write an excuse note for any man who wanted to leave, so that they wouldn't be prosecuted. He paid, out of his own pocket, for the uniforms of every man under him.
** He named his son after George Washington. Awww.
** Of course, anyone who's studied the years of the French Revolution in any detail is liable to take a much less sympathetic view of Lafayette for what he did later in life. That said, he still had some incredible moments in the American War of Independence.
** In June 1917 the first American soldiers ever to go to fight in Europe arrived in France. A battalion of the 16th Infantry Regiment, led by American Expeditionary Force commander General John J. Pershing and his staff, marched through Paris to show the French that Americans had entered the war. The parade led to the tomb of Lafayette, where General Pershing's aide Colonel Charles Stanton stepped forward and said in a clear, carrying tone, "Nous voici, Lafayette!" (Lafayette, we are here!)
* The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetary, commemorating all the U.S. soldiers who died without having their remains identified. A single sentinel guards the tomb. He doesn't wear any rank insignia, so that he never outranks the unknown soldier. The tomb is guarded 24/7 in all weather (including, at least once, ''a hurricane'') and has been, continuously, since ''1937''.
** There are actually several Tombs of the Unknowns in the United States, each commemorating a different war - with the exception of Vietnam. They identified the body in 1998 and were able to finally send him home to his family. The Vietnam memorial now contains the inscription "Honoring and Keeping Faith with America's Missing Servicemen" - a promise to all the missing soldiers that they too, someday, can finally come home.
** The original memorial for the "Unknowns" is in Westminster Abbey in Britain, commemorating the British dead of the First World War. It contains the inscription "They buried him among the Kings, because he had done good toward God and toward his House." When the memorial was unveiled, the guests of honor were 100 women who had lost their husband and all their sons during the war. It is the ''only'' tombstone in the Abbey on which it is forbidden to walk.
** As a sign of friendship, the Americans would also award the British Unknown Warrior with the Medal of Honor, their highest award for bravery. The British would reciprocate, awarding the American Unknown soldier with the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for bravery.
** Here in Canada, our Unknown Soldier is literally unknown to most of our civilian population, even during the current War on Terror. So what happens when CBC hosts it's "Top 100 Greatest Canadians" event in 2004? The Unknown Soldier not only gets NOMINATED (and ACCEPTED despite a few vocal people saying he/she doesn't count), but gets voted up to 22nd place. By contrast, John [=McCrae=] only achieved 76th.
* Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey, was also the victor of the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. He had inflicted a quarter of a million casualties on the British, Australian, French, and New Zealand soldiers that had invaded his country, but in doing so lost even ''more'' men in the process. Yet, after the war, he supported the effort to create war memorial for the fallen Allied troops. He also renamed one of the battlefields as "ANZAC Cove", as it has become a virtual shrine for the surviving relatives of the Australian and New Zealand dead. Still, all of these acts of magnanimity could not be topped by speech he would compose for the mothers of the fallen soldiers; one so heart-warming that the Australian government chose it for its own war memorial in Sydney. He said:
--> "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
* The first time I read that quote I cried because it touched my heart so great even mentioning it gives me tears, and also can be considered one of the greatest forms of forgiveness: adopting sons of mothers who were from a far away places.
* The contributions and sacrifices of atheist soldiers are often overlooked because of their minority status. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070105152843/http://ffrf.org/foxholes /This memorial]] was made to help remind the world of their sacrifice and service, lest we forget. (Provided by the wayback machine, original link was a 404)
** The memorial is partly based from the often-used WW2 quote "There are no atheists in foxholes. This is not meant to be an insult against atheists. It's meant to be an insult against foxholes." Conditions in the foxholes were so bad that many soldiers found themselves changed by the experience, and formed bonds with complete strangers closer than brothers. It didn't matter if you were a Jew, a Protestant, a Catholic, an Atheist, a Buddhist, or whatever. In the WW2 US Army, as long as you shared a foxhole with someone, that person is going to be willing to ''die'' for you.
** Special mention should go to [[http://www.mindspring.com/~alutiiq/atheists-in-foxholes.html those who donated the money and the land]] for the memorial. This took place in rural Alabama, a place not really known for its religious tolerance.
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* Some years ago, the surviving members of the "Rats of Tobruk" (an association of Australian World War 2 veterans) decided that they were now too old and too few to continue maintaining the association's clubhouse. So they decided to sell the clubhouse (including all of its priceless memorabilia) with the intention of donating all the money from the sale to charity. The charity they picked was one that helped children afflicted with cancer, and in this manner they hoped - for one last time - that they could help ensure a brighter future for the younger generation.
** This story, in itself, was incredibly heart-warming on its own, but it took an even more incredible turn soon thereafter: Initially, property developers wanted to tear down the clubhouse and put a residential building in its place. However, when a rich businessman heard about the story he immediately paid almost '''double''' the price of the property, outbidding all other takers. After giving the money to the charity, the businessman then told the astonished veterans that ''"You can keep using it as long as you want. My debt to you can '''never''' be repaid."''
** Fittingly, the "Rats of Tobruk" were survivors of an eight-month siege in the desert, against one of the greatest Germans Generals of the war (Rommel). Their motto was two simple words: "No Surrender". They still haven't.
* When the Marquis de Lafayette was wounded at Brandywine -- basically, a rich kid fighting another country's war, just because he thought it was the right thing to do -- His Excellency Gen. George Washington took his personal physician aside and said, "Treat him as though he were my son." Made all the more heartwarming because Lafayette's father died in war when he was a baby and Washington was childless (although he loved his wife's children and grandchildren, and had several proteges). Reading a biography of Lafayette will provide plenty of such moments between them, though.
** In World War One, before America officially entered the war, there were American pilots fighting in a company named after Lafayette.
** Lafayette also earned the name "The Soldier's Friend" from the Revolutionary army. At one point, after hearing that several of his men were planning to desert, he called them all together and told them that he would write an excuse note for any man who wanted to leave, so that they wouldn't be prosecuted. He paid, out of his own pocket, for the uniforms of every man under him.
** He named his son after George Washington. Awww.
** Of course, anyone who's studied the years of the French Revolution in any detail is liable to take a much less sympathetic view of Lafayette for what he did later in life. That said, he still had some incredible moments in the American War of Independence.
** In June 1917 the first American soldiers ever to go to fight in Europe arrived in France. A battalion of the 16th Infantry Regiment, led by American Expeditionary Force commander General John J. Pershing and his staff, marched through Paris to show the French that Americans had entered the war. The parade led to the tomb of Lafayette, where General Pershing's aide Colonel Charles Stanton stepped forward and said in a clear, carrying tone, "Nous voici, Lafayette!" (Lafayette, we are here!)
* The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetary, commemorating all the U.S. soldiers who died without having their remains identified. A single sentinel guards the tomb. He doesn't wear any rank insignia, so that he never outranks the unknown soldier. The tomb is guarded 24/7 in all weather (including, at least once, ''a hurricane'') and has been, continuously, since ''1937''.
** There are actually several Tombs of the Unknowns in the United States, each commemorating a different war - with the exception of Vietnam. They identified the body in 1998 and were able to finally send him home to his family. The Vietnam memorial now contains the inscription "Honoring and Keeping Faith with America's Missing Servicemen" - a promise to all the missing soldiers that they too, someday, can finally come home.
** The original memorial for the "Unknowns" is in Westminster Abbey in Britain, commemorating the British dead of the First World War. It contains the inscription "They buried him among the Kings, because he had done good toward God and toward his House." When the memorial was unveiled, the guests of honor were 100 women who had lost their husband and all their sons during the war. It is the ''only'' tombstone in the Abbey on which it is forbidden to walk.
** As a sign of friendship, the Americans would also award the British Unknown Warrior with the Medal of Honor, their highest award for bravery. The British would reciprocate, awarding the American Unknown soldier with the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for bravery.
** Here in Canada, our Unknown Soldier is literally unknown to most of our civilian population, even during the current War on Terror. So what happens when CBC hosts it's "Top 100 Greatest Canadians" event in 2004? The Unknown Soldier not only gets NOMINATED (and ACCEPTED despite a few vocal people saying he/she doesn't count), but gets voted up to 22nd place. By contrast, John [=McCrae=] only achieved 76th.



---> '''Bandleader Wallace Hartley:''' [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Gentlemen, it has been a privelege playing with you tonight.]]

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---> '''Bandleader Wallace Hartley:''' [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Gentlemen, it has been a privelege privilege playing with you tonight.]]



* Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey, was also the victor of the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. He had inflicted a quarter of a million casualties on the British, Australian, French, and New Zealand soldiers that had invaded his country, but in doing so lost even ''more'' men in the process. Yet, after the war, he supported the effort to create war memorial for the fallen Allied troops. He also renamed one of the battlefields as "ANZAC Cove", as it has become a virtual shrine for the surviving relatives of the Australian and New Zealand dead. Still, all of these acts of magnanimity could not be topped by speech he would compose for the mothers of the fallen soldiers; one so heart-warming that the Australian government chose it for its own war memorial in Sydney. He said:
--> "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
* The first time I read that quote I cried because it touched my heart so great even mentioning it gives me tears, and also can be considered one of the greatest forms of forgiveness: adopting sons of mothers who were from a far away places.



* Four words: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_YBplucfuk I Have a Dream]]''.
* The contributions and sacrifices of atheist soldiers are often overlooked because of their minority status. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070105152843/http://ffrf.org/foxholes /This memorial]] was made to help remind the world of their sacrifice and service, lest we forget. (Provided by the wayback machine, original link was a 404)
** The memorial is partly based from the often-used WW2 quote "There are no atheists in foxholes. This is not meant to be an insult against atheists. It's meant to be an insult against foxholes." Conditions in the foxholes were so bad that many soldiers found themselves changed by the experience, and formed bonds with complete strangers closer than brothers. It didn't matter if you were a Jew, a Protestant, a Catholic, an Atheist, a Buddhist, or whatever. In the WW2 US Army, as long as you shared a foxhole with someone, that person is going to be willing to ''die'' for you.
** Special mention should go to [[http://www.mindspring.com/~alutiiq/atheists-in-foxholes.html those who donated the money and the land]] for the memorial. This took place in rural Alabama, a place not really known for its religious tolerance.
* Another Atheist example; Damon Fowler, who stood up to his school administration for holding a prayer during their high school graduation ceremony, was ostracized by his community, threatened, and even kicked out of his house by his parents. Atheists all around the United States (namely the Freedom From Religion Foundation) have pooled resources to ensure that Damon continues his education, and he now lives with his brother.

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* Four words: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_YBplucfuk I Have a Dream]]''.
* The contributions and sacrifices of atheist soldiers are often overlooked because of their minority status. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070105152843/http://ffrf.org/foxholes /This memorial]] was made to help remind the world of their sacrifice and service, lest we forget. (Provided by the wayback machine, original link was a 404)
** The memorial is partly based from the often-used WW2 quote "There are no atheists in foxholes. This is not meant to be an insult against atheists. It's meant to be an insult against foxholes." Conditions in the foxholes were so bad that many soldiers found themselves changed by the experience, and formed bonds with complete strangers closer than brothers. It didn't matter if you were a Jew, a Protestant, a Catholic, an Atheist, a Buddhist, or whatever. In the WW2 US Army, as long as you shared a foxhole with someone, that person is going to be willing to ''die'' for you.
** Special mention should go to [[http://www.mindspring.com/~alutiiq/atheists-in-foxholes.html those who donated the money and the land]] for the memorial. This took place in rural Alabama, a place not really known for its religious tolerance.
* Another Atheist example;
Damon Fowler, who stood up to his school administration for holding a prayer during their high school graduation ceremony, was ostracized by his community, threatened, and even kicked out of his house by his parents. Atheists all around the United States (namely the Freedom From Religion Foundation) have pooled resources to ensure that Damon continues his education, and he now lives with his brother.
12th Jan '17 9:42:52 PM UrthWyrm
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* Eight years to the day after conceding the nomination to UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2008, UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton walked out into the Brooklyn Navy Yard to give her first speech as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States -- the first woman to receive that honor from either party in the country's history. The look on her face had to be seen to be believed.



* Eight years to the day after conceding the nomination to UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2008, UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton walked out into the Brooklyn Navy Yard to give her first speech as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States -- the first woman to receive that honor from either party in the country's history. The look on her face had to be seen to be believed.
12th Jan '17 9:41:25 PM UrthWyrm
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* After announcing his cancer diagnosis to the world, former President Jimmy Carter said that his greatest wish was to see the last Guinea worm die.

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* After announcing his cancer diagnosis to the world, former President Jimmy Carter said that his greatest wish was to see the last [[https://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/ Guinea worm worm]] die.



* When UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was shot in 1981, he jokingly told his surgeons before they went in to get the bullets that he hoped they were Republicans. According to the story, the person in charge of trauma at the time at George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Joseph Giordano, was a liberal Democrat. His answer? "Today, Mr. President, we're ''all'' Republicans."
** His address the night of the ''Challenger'' disaster could be considered one as well, especially when he especially addressed the children of America, since so many children were watching the launch live due to the mission carrying teacher Christia McAuliffe.



* Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno. Music/PaulMcCartney and [=Linda McCartney=]. Two all-time great rock and roll love stories.



* The recent Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster has everyone moving to help them. On the Anime fans side, they have compiled [[https://spreadsheets.google.com/lv?authkey=CNjfz9sC&authkey=CNjfz9sC&hl=en&hl=en&key=tJGqk96XYAsMueFout6fz4Q&type=view&gid=0&f=true&sortcolid=-1&sortasc=true&rowsperpage=250 a list of the Japanese voice actors, manga artists and actors/actresses]] within hours of hearing about it. Hours after the news struck about the devastation and lives lost, image sites were bombarded with pages upon pages of anime and manga-related artwork, from all over the world, all with the message to the Japanese not to give up hope and rebuild!
** Also [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]] fans have already started [[http://community.livejournal.com/captalia/203428.html a thread]] to show their sympathy. Within the first eight hours, over ''five hundred and thirteen'' paper cranes were made.
** Several Franchise/KamenRider actors also began posting online messages in-character to try and lift the spirits of children. Not ones to stop at just fighting off evil aliens, them.
*** Not just Kamen Riders, but also Franchise/SuperSentai heroes, going as far back as Sun Vulcan, and other tokusatsu heroes as well!
** What is even more heartwarming is the international reaction to it, especially concerning South Korea and China. Both countries have had a long-standing (and partially justified) dislike of the Japanese. When the earthquake struck however, they were among the first to send help, even though China had its own earthquake the day before. South Korea was also among the first to send rescuers and is providing boron to help with the Fukushima nuclear reactor.
*** Even more heartwarming, several Korean celebrities personally donated several million dollars to Japan. This includes the "Big Three" Korean entertainment companies and Girls' Generation who sent all proceeds from their single Mr. Taxi (released shortly after the quake). It's also rumored that the Korean pop groups operating in Japan at the time (Girls' Generation, KARA, and TVXQ, especially) anonymously donated tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars together.
** Fan favorite seiyuu Creator/NorioWakamoto was reportedly missing during the quake, but he eventually informed everyone that he's all right, ''and is already helping the other victims'' (since he used to be a police officer before turning seiyuu). He stated that the biggest one has yet to come, but he's ready to give his soul for the people. This act is what truly cements him to be a shining example of MeanCharacterNiceActor, [[DragonBall if]] [[CodeGeass you]] [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara consider]] [[StreetFighter his]] [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} portfolio]].
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366155/Japan-earthquake-tsunami-4-month-old-baby-girl-father-reunited-Ishinomaki.html Some good news after the Japanese earthquake/tsunami tragedy.]]



* When UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was shot in 1981, he jokingly told his surgeons before they went in to get the bullets that he hoped they were Republicans. According to the story, the person in charge of trauma at the time at George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Joseph Giordano, was a liberal Democrat. His answer? "Today, Mr. President, we're ''all'' Republicans."
** His address the night of the ''Challenger'' disaster could be considered one as well, especially when he especially addressed the children of America, since so many children were watching the launch live due to the mission carrying teacher Christia McAuliffe.
* Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno. Music/PaulMcCartney and [=Linda McCartney=]. Two all-time great rock and roll love stories.
* The recent Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster has everyone moving to help them. On the Anime fans side, they have compiled [[https://spreadsheets.google.com/lv?authkey=CNjfz9sC&authkey=CNjfz9sC&hl=en&hl=en&key=tJGqk96XYAsMueFout6fz4Q&type=view&gid=0&f=true&sortcolid=-1&sortasc=true&rowsperpage=250 a list of the Japanese voice actors, manga artists and actors/actresses]] within hours of hearing about it. Hours after the news struck about the devastation and lives lost, image sites were bombarded with pages upon pages of anime and manga-related artwork, from all over the world, all with the message to the Japanese not to give up hope and rebuild!
** Also [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]] fans have already started [[http://community.livejournal.com/captalia/203428.html a thread]] to show their sympathy. Within the first eight hours, over ''five hundred and thirteen'' paper cranes were made.
** Several Franchise/KamenRider actors also began posting online messages in-character to try and lift the spirits of children. Not ones to stop at just fighting off evil aliens, them.
*** Not just Kamen Riders, but also Franchise/SuperSentai heroes, going as far back as Sun Vulcan, and other tokusatsu heroes as well!
** What is even more heartwarming is the international reaction to it, especially concerning South Korea and China. Both countries have had a long-standing (and partially justified) dislike of the Japanese. When the earthquake struck however, they were among the first to send help, even though China had its own earthquake the day before. South Korea was also among the first to send rescuers and is providing boron to help with the Fukushima nuclear reactor.
*** Even more heartwarming, several Korean celebrities personally donated several million dollars to Japan. This includes the "Big Three" Korean entertainment companies and Girls' Generation who sent all proceeds from their single Mr. Taxi (released shortly after the quake). It's also rumored that the Korean pop groups operating in Japan at the time (Girls' Generation, KARA, and TVXQ, especially) anonymously donated tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars together.
** Fan favorite seiyuu Creator/NorioWakamoto was reportedly missing during the quake, but he eventually informed everyone that he's all right, ''and is already helping the other victims'' (since he used to be a police officer before turning seiyuu). He stated that the biggest one has yet to come, but he's ready to give his soul for the people. This act is what truly cements him to be a shining example of MeanCharacterNiceActor, [[DragonBall if]] [[CodeGeass you]] [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara consider]] [[StreetFighter his]] [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} portfolio]].
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366155/Japan-earthquake-tsunami-4-month-old-baby-girl-father-reunited-Ishinomaki.html Some good news after the Japanese earthquake/tsunami tragedy.]]
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]. During the height of the Cold War, this kid wrote a letter to Soviet Premier Andropov (whom the western media assumed was going to be forbidding) and ''politely asks him to not have a nuclear war.'' Andropov wrote back, saying that he really did want peace, and invited her to visit the USSR and see that they were NotSoDifferent after all. She accepted.
** There's a TearJerker in that she was killed under three years later in a plane crash. There's a statue in Russia, of a little girl holding a white dove.
** At the time of her death, Soviet citizens were banned from the county where her funeral was held. The State Department relaxed that rule to allow a Soviet diplomat to speak at her funeral. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938rqj7MdD8 see video]]



* At the finale of the Wembley Stadium performances of [[CrowningMoment/{{Other}} Live Aid]], Sir Bob Geldof being lifted up to thunderous applause, acknowledging him as a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]].
** Twenty years later, at Live 8, Geldof [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaKDG8UKemc showed a clip from the CBC news footage of 1984]] which had inspired him to start the charity efforts that led to Live Aid. The clip showed a three-year-old Ethiopian girl, Birhan Woldu, on the brink of death. Her father had already wrapped her in her burial shroud when he realised she still had a faint pulse. Medical staff were able to save her life. Geldof then ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugK7ycjI61w brought her on stage]]'', now a grown woman and training to be a nurse. There wasn't a dry eye in the whole of Hyde Park.



* At the finale of the Wembley Stadium performances of [[CrowningMoment/{{Other}} Live Aid]], Sir Bob Geldof being lifted up to thunderous applause, acknowledging him as a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]].
** Twenty years later, at Live 8, Geldof [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaKDG8UKemc showed a clip from the CBC news footage of 1984]] which had inspired him to start the charity efforts that led to Live Aid. The clip showed a three-year-old Ethiopian girl, Birhan Woldu, on the brink of death. Her father had already wrapped her in her burial shroud when he realised she still had a faint pulse. Medical staff were able to save her life. Geldof then ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugK7ycjI61w brought her on stage]]'', now a grown woman and training to be a nurse. There wasn't a dry eye in the whole of Hyde Park.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]. During the height of the Cold War, this kid wrote a letter to Soviet Premier Andropov (whom the western media assumed was going to be forbidding) and ''politely asks him to not have a nuclear war.'' Andropov wrote back, saying that he really did want peace, and invited her to visit the USSR and see that they were NotSoDifferent after all. She accepted.
** There's a TearJerker in that she was killed under three years later in a plane crash. There's a statue in Russia, of a little girl holding a white dove.
** At the time of her death, Soviet citizens were banned from the county where her funeral was held. The State Department relaxed that rule to allow a Soviet diplomat to speak at her funeral. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938rqj7MdD8 see video]]
12th Jan '17 9:35:37 PM UrthWyrm
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* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/08/heartsong-church-memphis-islamic-center_n_710053.html This]] Tennessee church welcoming a Muslim community center to its neighborhood.
* [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=510284178982565&set=a.115969958413991.17486.114517875225866&type=1&theater Two next-door neighbors]] with opposing political beliefs display their signs in their yards. And they're still friends.



* How about the story of Sixto Rodriguez? He was an American musician who poured his heart into his music, but only had two albums that bombed domestically and he had to walk away from his art professionally. Now imagine, after decades working as a day construction laborer, he gets word that there were some fans in South Africa looking for him. Then Rodriguez is invited to South Africa to sing and finds, against all expectations, he is treated like a superstar with sold out concerts of 5000+. After the initial shock, imagine Rodriguez realizing that someone appreciated his music after all. Later, the 2012 documentary film, ''Film/SearchingForSugarMan'', allowed the whole world to enjoy him too.
** ''Searching For Sugar Man'' won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, meet Crowning Moment of Awesome.
* OK, maybe these moments from the UsefulNotes/RockAndRollHallOfFame aren't ''quite'' on the same level as some of the examples here, but the ceremony can be pretty sweet sometimes:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHJU6kXxqgI The family and friends of]] Music/BobMarley accept his award in 1994. At the beginning of the video, you can see Sir Music/PaulMcCartney ''bowing down'' in respect. They later performed "One Love" in tribute to him, an example of how his music continued to endure 13 years after his death.
** Whenever a heavier band gets genuinely emotional during their induction. Look at Flea during the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' induction or Ice Cube when Music/{{NWA}} entered the Hall.
** Music/ChuckBerry was the very first inductee. He outright took a bow when he got up to the podium. A bit HarsherInHindsight considering the scandals that plagued him 4 years later, but it's nice to see a legend get his due.
** [[Music/RunDMC Jam Master Jay's]] mother [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-YkRqDtxqc accepts his award]] on behalf of the fallen DJ. And look at Music/{{Eminem}}'s face when [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee he gives the members a hug]].
** Anything Beatles-related, really - especially the all-star chorus backing up Ringo and Paul for "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the 2015 ceremony. One moment that crosses over with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome is the late great Music/{{Prince}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y shredding]] in George's honor.
** Music/DaveGrohl and Taylor Hawkins of Music/FooFighters having the mother of all squees when they (finally!) induct Music/{{Rush}} in 2013.



* How about the story of Sixto Rodriguez? He was an American musician who poured his heart into his music, but only had two albums that bombed domestically and he had to walk away from his art professionally. Now imagine, after decades working as a day construction laborer, he gets word that there were some fans in South Africa looking for him. Then Rodriguez is invited to South Africa to sing and finds, against all expectations, he is treated like a superstar with sold out concerts of 5000+. After the initial shock, imagine Rodriguez realizing that someone appreciated his music after all. Later, the 2012 documentary film, ''Film/SearchingForSugarMan'', allowed the whole world to enjoy him too.
** ''Searching For Sugar Man'' won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, meet Crowning Moment of Awesome.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/08/heartsong-church-memphis-islamic-center_n_710053.html This]] Tennessee church welcoming a Muslim community center to its neighborhood.
* [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=510284178982565&set=a.115969958413991.17486.114517875225866&type=1&theater Two next-door neighbors]] with opposing political beliefs display their signs in their yards. And they're still friends.



* OK, maybe these moments from the UsefulNotes/RockAndRollHallOfFame aren't ''quite'' on the same level as some of the examples here, but the ceremony can be pretty sweet sometimes:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHJU6kXxqgI The family and friends of]] Music/BobMarley accept his award in 1994. At the beginning of the video, you can see Sir Music/PaulMcCartney ''bowing down'' in respect. They later performed "One Love" in tribute to him, an example of how his music continued to endure 13 years after his death.
** Whenever a heavier band gets genuinely emotional during their induction. Look at Flea during the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' induction or Ice Cube when Music/{{NWA}} entered the Hall.
** Music/ChuckBerry was the very first inductee. He outright took a bow when he got up to the podium. A bit HarsherInHindsight considering the scandals that plagued him 4 years later, but it's nice to see a legend get his due.
** [[Music/RunDMC Jam Master Jay's]] mother [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-YkRqDtxqc accepts his award]] on behalf of the fallen DJ. And look at Music/{{Eminem}}'s face when [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee he gives the members a hug]].
** Anything Beatles-related, really - especially the all-star chorus backing up Ringo and Paul for "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the 2015 ceremony. One moment that crosses over with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome is the late great Music/{{Prince}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y shredding]] in George's honor.
** Music/DaveGrohl and Taylor Hawkins of Music/FooFighters having the mother of all squees when they (finally!) induct Music/{{Rush}} in 2013.
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