Hearing and reading about inspirational stories can lead ordinary people to also act virtuously and bravely. Dahn Yoga aims to provide personal change and personal growth to its participants through various books and classes.
However, one of the most inspiring stories recently featured in Time Magazine did not involve a human. Time released its Top 10 Heroic Animals list which included Cher Ami the Pigeon.
Cher Ami – whose named means "Dear Friend" in French – was a messenger pigeon serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during the first World War. Cher Ami carried important messages and completed few a dozen missions before being shot down.
The brave pigeon was not killed but suffered injuries in both the breasts and a leg. He continued on with the final message, delivering it to its destination. That message was credited with saving the lives of 194 soldiers, according to the news source.
Today, visitors of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. can see Cher Ami's body on display in the "Price of Freedom: Americans at War" exhibit.