Monday, July 19, 2010

Better Late Than Never

Distinguished Flying Cross (United States)Image via Wikipedia
I greatly admire our men and women in uniform.  They put their lives on the line for us daily to protect our country and way of life.  To me, they deserve our support, regardless of whether or not you agree with the reasons they may have been sent into battle.

Army Lieutenant and helicopter pilot Ronald Markiewicz was awarded the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic efforts during battle.  He received his medals today in the office of Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) for his service in the Vietnamese War 39 years ago.

Lieutenant Markiewicz flew two missions during the war where his chopper was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  In both instances, he was wounded in battle.  The first mission was to bring supplies to Vietnamese marines and to pick up wounded servicemen.  The second mission was to help troops recover downed helicopter crews.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Markiewicz for the well deserved recognition of his heroic actions during his time of service.  Thank you for your service to our country.  You should have been honored long before today.  
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