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November 11th, 2009, 03:32 PM #1Happy Veterans Day
I would like to acknowledge one of the most underrated holidays in the U.S., Veteran's Day. If you are a former Veteran, I want to thank you for the amazing dedication you have shown toward your country. Without your efforts we would not be where we are today as a society. It takes an amazing amount of bravery and selflessness to serve in the military. THANK YOU.
I want to look at a special soldier today. My best friend back in Boston had learned that his cousin was tragically killed fighting the Taliban in Afganhastan back in 2006. His story grew to legendary status in the US Military. The level of dedication and bravery that took place stills gives me chills when I think about it. Below is SGT. 1st Class Jared Monti's story of bravery and how this past September he was awarded the highest level of honor that can bestoyed upon a U.S. solider, the Medal of Honor.
I didn't post a link because the end gets a bit political, which is a shame.
Thanks for reading,
The family of Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was presented with the Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday praised a U.S. soldier who three times left cover for an attempted rescue while Taliban bullets and grenades rained around him, ultimately losing his own life while trying to save his comrade on an Afghan battlefield.
A somber Obama, standing just feet from Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti's parents, told a White House audience that the 30-year-old soldier's sacrifice should give Americans pause when they throw around words such as duty, honor, sacrifice and heroism.
"Do we really grasp the meaning of these values? Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues, to serve and to sacrifice?" Obama asked. "Jared Monti knew. The Monti family knows. And they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment."
Presenting his first Medal of Honor, Obama lavished praise on the soldier from Raynham, Mass., who was leading a scouting mission along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan when a helicopter deployed to resupply the patrol blew their cover. Taliban fighters converged, and Monti called for backup.
With vivid details, the president told the story of 16 soldiers who were surrounded and outnumbered by insurgents yet kept their position until backup arrived.
"Bullets and heavy machine gunfire ricocheting across the rocks. Rocket-propelled grenades raining down. Fire so intense that weapons were shot right out of their hands," Obama said, explaining the battle to a packed audience at the White House. "Within minutes, one soldier was killed, another was wounded. Everyone dove for cover, behind a tree, a rock, a stone wall."
One of Monti's men, Pvt. Brian Bradbury of St. Joseph, Mo., was shot during the encounter. Monti, who enlisted at age 17, twice left cover and ran into the open under intense enemy fire to retrieve the wounded soldier.
"Jared Monti did something no amount of training can instill. His patrol leader said he'd go, but Jared said, 'No, he is my soldier. I'm going to get him,"' Obama recounted.
"Said his patrol leader, it 'was the bravest thing I had ever seen a soldier do,"' Obama continued.
On Monti's third attempt, he was struck by a grenade and died on the field. Three others, including Bradbury, also died during the fight.
"Jared Monti saw the danger before him. And he went out to meet it," Obama said. "Faced with overwhelming enemy fire, Jared could have stayed where he was, behind that wall. But that was not the kind of soldier Jared Monti was."
November 11th, 2009, 05:10 PM #2
Thanks for sharing this! I too would like to thank our veterans and those currently serving and fighting for our freedom. I had the opportunity at my kids' school yesterday to attend a special ceremony where they had about 15 veterans and active military come to the school and the kids had made cards and poems and such to honor them. One of the teachers who just got back from her third tour of duty to Iraq organized it.
The band played the Star Spangled Banner, a solo of taps definitely stirred emotions honoring a fallen soldier from our community and listening to the many years of service of each of the veterans was so touching.
One of the students had even brought his grandpa, a Lieutenant Colonel (with a few more titles in there) with more than 30 years of service. They were all very touched to see the kids remembering Veteran's Day.
My friend's son was recently injured in afghanistan about a month ago and crawled about 10 hours to get to safety with many in his platoon/company not making it. The ceremony definitely reminded me of him and also the emotions I felt last summer being on a plane from NC to PHX with a fallen soldier and his escort on board. The realities of what our military do for us are so often forgotten and sometimes so surreal.
Thanks again for sharing Jared's story.
November 11th, 2009, 05:12 PM #3
I saw that. Very powerful. It is truly a day worth remembering our fallen and those who have served. Being a history major in College I was always moved by this:
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
November 11th, 2009, 05:37 PM #4
We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams. So this is our story, for we were soldiers once, and young.
-Joe Galloway from his book: We Were Soldiers once and young.
Always goes through my head after I read his book.
November 11th, 2009, 05:42 PM #5
This morning on the way to work I heard Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" on the radio. It sure was fitting. Too bad we don't have as many patriotic songs as we do Christmas songs.
November 11th, 2009, 06:19 PM #6
November 11th, 2009, 10:58 PM #7
"If you are a former Veteran, I want to thank you for the amazing dedication you have shown toward your country. Without your efforts we would not be where we are today as a society. It takes an amazing amount of bravery and selflessness to serve in the military. THANK YOU."
actually agree with all ya said but didn't wanna repeat all of it. Am very, very sorry for your friend and his family and your friend's son BlogBonnieBlog too. And to all the families who have lost loved ones
Those videos and a bunch of others I saw were sooooo cute
November 11th, 2009, 11:36 PM #8
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"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis.
Thank you everyone who has and/or is serving. I appreciate what you do for us everyday!
November 11th, 2009, 11:39 PM #9
November 11th, 2009, 11:41 PM #10
Yup!! Salute the Brave Hero's!!Cheers,
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November 12th, 2009, 10:32 AM #12
This is a special day to thank our everyday heroes who keep us all safe.
Thank you for defending our freedom!Kim Salvino, Client Services Director, Performance Horizon Group
Reach me at kim.salvino(at)performancehorizon.com or on (443) 617-4036