Please join me and every other American citizen in a salute to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta who today was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action while serving his country in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. When the President of the United States presented Giunta with his medal in the White House today he was the first living recipient of our nation’s highest honor since the Viet Nam War.
If you’re interested, and you certainly should be, take a couple of minutes to click the link below to the website of Southern California Public Radio, which provides a detailed account of Giunta’s brave actions.
Men and women such as Staff Sergeant Giunta are extremely rare, but they are the solid foundation upon which this great country was created, and the reason the United States of America will continue to have a sound future. Sergeant Giunta is a humble man who represents the very best of what this country stands for before a world in turmoil.
I saluted our glorious red, white and blue banner this morning as I reached for my morning paper that our wonderful neighbors bring up to my door in the morning. Let us all fly our American flags daily as a special supportive endorsement of the unique contributions our brave fighting men and women make here at bases in the United States and literally hundreds of places around the world.
May we each in our own way say a special prayer for Staff Sergeant Giunta who stepped forward at that one moment in time to serve and protect his fellow man.