President Trump honored the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
There were 33 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance.
“Each of you went above and beyond the call of duty. Each of you risk life and limb without a thought for your own safety. Each of you has made a lasting mark upon the history of our great nation,” President Trump said. “The Congressional Medal of Honor is the supreme symbol of American courage. It is the ultimate tribute to American valor. You are the strongest, bravest and finest among us.”
The president also asked Staff Sergeant Drew Dix, a Medal of Honor recipient back in 1969, to speak at the podium.
“I want to tell you that, on behalf of the other 32 recipients here, we are very honored to be here. But that honor pales in comparison to the honor that we have and the responsibility that we share for representing all of our veterans and service members that performed deeds far greater than ours. But witnesses just aren’t available,” the Staff Sergeant stated.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor that is presented to a member of the military for their bravery in combat. According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, there are 72 living recipients and 3,503 who have been given the award.
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