Just in case your preferred news site buried this event under a mountain of useless drivel, you might want to take a moment to note that today marks a rare event in the annuls of the United States Armed Forces.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military honor this great nation can bestow upon one who wears the uniform of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine. It is awarded, in the opinion of this humble citizen, far too infrequently. Sadly, it is usually given as a posthumous award to family members of the fallen.

Today, for the first time in over forty years, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient was present to receive the award from the Commander in Chief.

I commend for your reading the citation accompanying Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta’s Congressional Medal of Honor. Just in case you were wondering what the textbook definition of “hero” looks like, now you know.

God bless you, Staff Sergeant Giunta. Thank you for your exceptionally brave service – above and beyond the call of duty – to your country.