Here's a little geeky feel-good news to brighten your day. Some of our favorite sci-fi and fantasy stars got together at Wizard World Columbus this past weekend to honor real life heroes from Ohio's Wright-Petterson Air Force Base. Wizard World CEO John Maata along with James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gotham), Mitch Pileggi (X-Files) and Nicholas Brendon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) honored Air Force members who have gone "above and beyond" in their service to the United States.
Get ready to get jelly, because each honored Air Force member received a personalized actual replica of Captain America's sacred shield. As much as I want one of my own — you know, for science — there is certainly nobody more deserving of Captain America's shield than these men and women who live every day as superheroes. Get ready to shed some tears hearing the heroes stories and watching them receive their shields:
It is pretty inspiring to see the ones who play heroes — and maybe a few who don't — on TV giving back to the ones who are heroes in real life. Not many celebrities take time out of their days for events like this, so it is certainly something special.
Wizard World may be one of the world's biggest conventions, bringing sci-fi and fantasy stars straight to their fans all around the United States, but this isn't the only time Wizard has taken time from their events to honor people of our Armed Forces.
They held a similar event in Sacramento this year honoring hometown heroes, presenting personalized Captain America shields to stand-out members of California's Travis Air Force Base. Celebrity presenters included Superman himself Dean Cain and Billy Boyd from The Lord Of The Rings films.
"As we go around the country to cities and communities, we like to extend a few minutes to some of the people who have protected us and made a difference in our lives," Maata concluded at the end of the ceremony. It is so nice to know that as a geek who regularly attends these cons, in doing so I am actually helping to give back to the community.
Well done, Wizard World! And of course, special thanks to all our men and women in our Armed Forces for being real life heroes to us everyday. Captain America would no doubt be the one saluting you.
(Source: Wizard World)