It’s not very often that I get excited about meeting people. In my walk of life I’ve met and know many fellow athletes, entertainers, politicians and people of great wealth and influence. But, there is no one (except my children and grandchildren) that truly gets me excited about being in their presence.
I just hosted my 3rd Annual Rival Golf Classic Challenge benefiting the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Scholarship Fund. The theme this year was recognizing the Legends of the NFC East with players who played for the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys competing on the golf course. For me, the highlight of the event was not about the players but meeting Mike Thornton and Brian Thacker both Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. At last year’s tournament CMOH recipient Ron Rosser was our special guest and I had the opportunity to meet CMOH Dakota Meyer and Paul Bucha last year as well. To hear and read the stories of these men puts the word “hero” in the proper prospective.
Meeting each individual gave me a renewed sense of pride in some of the more important building blocks of life such as strong character, integrity, bravery, loyalty, fighting through adversity and an appreciation for ordinary people doing extraordinary things. These are the men that we should hold up as true heroes for young people to emulate.
Right now there are approximately 81 living Congressional Medal Of Honor recipients. The award is not handed out to any one. It is awarded to those who have shown tremendous courage and bravery, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism.
To read more go to:
Mike Thornton – http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3432/thornton-michael-edwin.php
Brian Thacker – http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3431/thacker-brian-miles.php