Three Medals of Honor Awarded at White House

On December 16, 2021, President Biden presided over the awarding of three Medals of Honor to three Army soldiers at the White House. This video will give you the details of each recipient’s valorous actions in Afghanistan during the war years there. The three recipients were: Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, Army Master Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee, and Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe. Two of the Medals of Honor were awarded posthumously.

As is the case for every Medal of Honor recipient, the actions that these men undertook in the immediate reality of heavy combat rise to the level of exceptional heroism. You will hear the details of each man’s actions in this NBC coverage of the award ceremony at the White House. You will also meet the families of the two men who gave their last full measure in the effort to save their fellow soldiers. MSgt. Plumlee will tell his own story in this video as well.

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Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe is the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. What he did for his fellow soldiers on that one day, in those few moments, at the cost of his own life, is a story of incredible self-sacrifice for the good of others.

There is an old saying that goes like this: “A veteran is someone who wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of up to and including their life.” The three men you will meet here in this video honored that blank check, two with their lives and the third at great cost. They each fought alongside men and women who were paying the price of that blank check with their own lives. All had and demonstrated the courage of soldiers, but all also know the immeasurable courage that these three men lived out on their behalf.

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It is important that we all remember that, in honoring these three heroic soldiers, we also honor the courage and sacrifices that they and all of their brothers- and sisters-in-arms have made on behalf of all of us. They have all filled out those blank checks, some to the fullest amount, their lives.

It is a common trait of all Medal of Honor recipients to recognize in all humility that they bear the weight of those prestigious medals in honor of all of the men and women they served with on those particular battlefields that day.

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What we often forget is that we citizens, who have benefited from the service and sacrifices of our military, have also signed a blank check to care for our veterans. The GI Bills for each generation are proof of our duty to pay honor and respect to these men and women for what they have done for us.

We at the Veterans Site give our humble honor and respect to these three soldiers and to their Gold Star Families. Hooah!

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