This morning Mayor Bloomberg called New York "a city of heroes." He was presenting a key to the City to each member of the flight crew that aided the "miracle on the Hudson," the miracle that took place on the Thursday before Inauguration Day.
Abdu'l-Baha spent a great deal of time in New York City. I like to think of him as a hero. He was not a young man when he traveled to the United States. He was in his late 60s. Moreover, he had to arrive on a boat, since there were no flghts to New York back in 1912.
Why did he make such a difficult trip? He felt that his message was of such importance that he needed to put aside worries about his own comfort. He brought the message of peace an unity to a City that would one day be the location for the United Nations.