The word courage often is used to describe an act of valor on a battlefield. But the word can also apply to a person standing up for peace.
So it was one Wednesday afternoon last summer when Aase Loescher arrived at the weekly peace vigil at the Monroe County Courthouse. No one else showed up that day.
Loescher, 74 and a grandmother of six, picked up her sign and stood alone as pedestrians and autos moved past in the late afternoon.
It was tough, but she did it.