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WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2011) President Barack Obama applauds after awarding the Medal of Honor to former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (White House photo by Pete Souza/Released)
Excerpt of remarks by the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, on awarding Sgt. Meyer the Medal of Honor:
It’s been said that “where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor.” Today, we pay tribute to an American who placed himself in the thick of the fight — again and again and again. In so doing, he has earned our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. And we are extraordinarily proud of Sergeant Dakota Meyer. (Applause.)
Today is only the third time during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that a recipient of the Medal of Honor has been able to accept it in person. And we are honored to be joined by one of the two other recipients — Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, who is here.
WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2011) US Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, center, stands for a photo with Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, right, and other Marine and Army Medal of Honor recipients during a reception before a ceremony to receive his Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at the White House. Meyer is the first living Marine to receive the medal during current operations for actions while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2009. (US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alvin Williams/Released)
[Source: White House Website. Image courtesy of US Navy Website and US Navy Website.]