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on a pedestal, put

Also, set on a pedestal. Greatly admire, magnify in importance, as in Youngsters tend to put rock stars on a pedestal, forgetting that they're human. This expression alludes to the raised position of a statue on a pedestal. [Mid-1800s]
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Because civilization and goodness require nourishment and inspiration, particularly by governments, we need to put on a pedestal those who sacrifice for the good of society.