Mar 5, 2015 6:51 PM

Diane Foley accepts hero award on James Foley's behalf

MANCHESTER - Seven people were recognized at the 2015 Red Cross Heroes Awards in Manchester on Thursday. Among the recipients was slain American journalist James Foley. His mother graciously accepted the award.

A video tribute played to hundreds honoring the life and work of NH resident James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists last August.

His mother Diane Foley accepted the 2015 Red Cross Hero Award on behalf of her son. She said, "Jim is my hero, our family hero. There's a lot of work to do, there really is. There's a lot of wrong that needs to be righted in the world. Thank goodness there are people that stand up for freedom."

As a freelance journalist, Foley stood up for freedom by telling the untold stories of oppression from conflict zones across the world despite the risks.

Diane Foley said, "The power of evil in the world, ISIS, is frightening, so I think it's very important that people who believe in freedom come together to defeat ISIS and to end oppression in the world. That's our continual challenge"

Despite the fact that Foley's masked killer, Mohammed Emwazi, has now been identified, Diane Foley says in her mind that doesn't change anything. She said, "If it wasn't that young man it would have been someone else. What a sad, misguided - it's so sad so many young people are being drawn to this evil cruelty. How sad is that. The whole thing is very tragic. Jim is just one of many, many, many deaths that have occurred in this conflict. It's just terrible."

Click on video of story to see clips of James Foley in the Red Cross Heroes tribute.


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