Thursday, September 15, 2011

All of us here in the States have heard a lot about hero's lately, as well we should.
The recent anniversary of 9/11 reminds us all of all the hero's that stepped up that day.

Today, at the White House in Washington, DC another hero was honored by the President when he was given our nations highest honor, the Medal of Honor.
His name is Dakota Meyer and he is only 23 years old.

Serving in the Marines in Afghanistan he went above and beyond the call of duty, over and over again, which is why he was awarded this honor today. His story is quite impressive.
While he and his fellow Marines as well as some Afgan soldiers they were training, were heading into a village to talk with the Elders, they were ambushed and many Afghan soldiers were dead or dying as well as 4 fellow Marines who had been pinned down. Disobeying orders, he got behind the gun on top of one of the Humvees and not once, not twice, but 5 times road into the middle of the ambush to pickup the wounded or the dead and bring them back.

He saved 36 lives that day. The 4 Marines were killed, but he was determined to bring them back. He did.

He now works in the construction business. When a fellow worker came up to him during work and told him the President of the United States wanted to speak with him on the phone, he said he couldn't take the call right then, because if he didn't work, he didn't get paid.
President Obama said he was glad he could arrange to make the call later, at lunch time.

It was a very impressive story.

Just a thought. I think if you are a Medal of Honor recipient, you should not have to work in construction, or anywhere else for that matter, for the rest of your life.
On a much lighter and more frivolous note, here is my first installment of,
"What you won't see at my house and probably not your's either."


If you look very closely at this ship and follow the lines from the dock to the top of the bow,
you'll notice 3 little yellow circular things up near where the lines go through the bow.
They are to prevent rats from crawling up the lines and onto the ship.


Nooo, not just a charcoal grill

but a charcoal grill right next to a 1000 lb anchor.


bon bon said...

i caught that story a few times today on npr. pretty special young man. when asked what it felt like to be a hero, he said "if this is what it feels like, you can have it."

SueAnn said...

I have heard the story too and I think he is amazing! And I agree...he shouldn't have to work at all! He has done his job for life!!
Rat guards huh? We need those at the Washington DC!!

Formerly known as Frau said...

He is an amazing guy....I agree he shouldn't have to work construction either! Love the pictures..
Have a wonderful weekend!

Joycee said...

I think it said something that he chose to speak to President Obama 'later.' What a hero, bringing back the bodies of those 4 fellow marines means everything to the families. There is a 100year old veteran at the nursing home where my father-in-law resides. His walls are filled with pictures, wartime and family, a large case holds many medals, the Congressional Medal of Honor and letters of commendation for his selfless acts of courage. He no doubt came home from those battles, worked a regular job and now is cared for like a king at the Fayetteville Veteran's Home.

dcpeg said...

Eeuuw: RATS! Hope those disc thingies work!

Watching that young man being awarded his medal was a humbling experience. Later I learned that he didn't feel he deserved it and that it was for all the Marines, not just him. Makes me so proud!

Marilyn said...

I am impressed by this Marine's story. Thanks for sharing it.