So, when I was driving to a meeting this week in the sedan, I tuned into a news program. They were discussing the medal of honor convention that happened in Boston last week. The convention meets every year to honor the men and women who hold the award. Nearly 20% of them died in the action for which they received the recognition. There are only 78 of the 3468 recipients of our nations highest honor that are living.
One of the award holders that was in attendance at this years convention was interviewed(apologies- I cannot recall his name or find the transcript to cite it) He had been a in a helicopter somewhere over Viet Nam when it was shot down. Once on the ground he defended the wounded despite being wounded himself. The interview started as he stepped from a Black Hawk on his way to speak at a local high school. The first question asked of him was "How was the flight?"
"Terrible..." and then he laughed a little bit.
I have vowed to never get into another helicopter after my time in the service. And I never crashed. I was impressed that he even got in one after his ordeal.
His speech to the students was aired as well. The speaker talked about what it took and about who the recipients of the award were. They are very humble people and wear the medal to honor the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The main point was that they were not super heroes. Their parents were not Clark Kent and Diana Prince. They were just normal people put in extraordinary circumstances and just did their job.