Some missions we choose. Others, choose us. For DC’s Guardian, that call came at an early age. Growing up at the knees of WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veterans, he learned that the freedoms and advantages we take for granted as Americans come at a price. And if we forget that price, we are bound to lose all that comes with it.
Clad in a striking uniform of red, white and blue, an intentional nod to another childhood influence, Captain America, DC patrols the metro area of our nation’s capitol, dispensing pocket copies of our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, as a reminder of all we stand for as a nation. But before he put this uniform on, he traveled the globe in that of the U.S. military. “I saw what the world was really like, the good and the bad, and realized that America has a lot to offer—if its people stand up for the foundation it was built upon.”
As with all of his actions, everything about DC’s uniform is deliberate. Featuring the colors of the flag, in honor of those “who’ve gone before,” 13 stars, one for each of the original 13 colonies, and red “wings,” in deference to his comic book inspiration, DC is careful to cover every inch of his 6’2 frame. This, he reasons, is to allow everyone he meets to see themselves behind the mask—white, Hispanic, black, Asian—because under the mask we are all the same, with shared goals, aspirations and the desire to see our communities thrive by doing good. “The uniform is a great conversation-starter,” he says, “and the basic conversation is always the same: Helping people find their own ways of showing their love for their country, and the way it started out.” For DC that means not waiting for permission, but instead, recognizing what is right, and taking the actions to make it happen.
Among the many ways he has personally taken action is as a founding member of the Skiffytown League of Heroes, a national network of Real Life Superheroes, whose focus is on serving the cities and towns in which they live. The League has organized “round-ups” across the country, coming together in aid of Make-A-Wish, The Joyful Heart Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Army Fisher Houses, the Autism Research Institute and more. “We have worked to give back to our communities,” he says, “especially to the kids. They are our future, they are our legacy.”
For DC, it’s not all about wearing uniforms, but about simply deciding to act, and in so doing, taking a role in creating the country—the world—we all want to live in.
“People have forgotten to stand up and speak out for what’s right. You know that lump in your throat you get when you’re about to do something risky? The right decision is always the easy part, acting on it is hard. But once you try it, you realize it isn’t so hard after all.”