Prior to using my television’s remote control tonight to change channels, I was listening to Governor Haley’s State of the State address. She was making introductions and one of those recognized was Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) as a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
There was no attribution of the ceremony in the East Room of the White House on June 19, 2014 by President Obama or the President of the United States. The mention of the President was not part of the speech that was used to introduce one of the eight living Medal of Honor recipients tonight.
There was a quote that was used during the Medal of Honor ceremonies but no attribution as to where or who delivered the quote. In researching the ceremony, I did find this information and I am quoting The New York Times:
“Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, an automatic rifleman who shielded a fellow Marine from a grenade thrown at them during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010, received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on Thursday.
“ ‘Corporal William Kyle Carpenter should not be alive today,’ Mr. Obama said during the ceremony. ‘But we are here because this man, this United States Marine, faced down that terrible explosive power, that unforgiving force, with his own body — willingly and deliberately — to protect a fellow Marine.’ ”
Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter is one of America’s heroes and during the ceremony, he was given the opportunity to express his feelings. This is also from The New York Times:
“After the ceremony, Corporal Carpenter said he would wear the medal on behalf of his fellow Marines. ‘As the President put the Medal of Honor around my neck, I felt the history and the weight of a nation,’ he said in a brief statement. ‘I will wear it for those who have been wounded on distant lands who still continue to fight in battle, and through long and difficult days of recovery here at home. And for those who have given it all, I can never express in words what you mean for this nation.”
Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion and when quotes are attributed, please give credit to those who delivered them, Governor Haley.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.