My friend Regis Iglesias spent more than seven years in Cuban prisons because of his opposition to the Castro dictatorship and his work to build a better in Cuba.
Now in overseas exile, Iglesias rejects the notion that he is anything special, but to me and I suspect many others, he is a hero, for the courage he displayed before and during his imprisonment, and his continued efforts to build a free Cuba.
"I cannot be called a 'hero' when we only do what we must do," he told me via Facebook. "There is no heroism in our actions. It is simply living as free men and that is not heroic.
"This is the natural condition of every human person, although we sometimes forget it," he said.
Iglesias responded after I posted a video of an interview he did in which he talked about his heroes.
First, they were rock musicians like Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix and the members of Led Zeppelin.
Later, they were Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel and most of all the late Oswaldo Paya, founder of the Cuban Christian Liberation Movement, each of whom inspired Iglesias to exercise his rights as a free man and to work for a better, freer Cuba.
Is Iglesias a hero?
Watch the video and decide for yourself.
Regis Iglesias and me, Miami, April 2013.