On Tuesday, 24 exceptional Americans who each represent literally one in thousands received the highest honor this nation has to bestow. Each of them suffered grievous wounds in mortal combat, ranging from World War II to the present, but they were unceremoniously cut off the air during the presentations.

The reason? Apparently it was considered more important by alleged news programmers or experts — who really knows — that we be told once again that they still know nothing about the disappearance of an airliner other than it was still missing. Again they recapitulated the “no longer news” information they have been repeating ever since the aircraft went missing.

It is my admittedly prejudicial and angry opinion that they committed an appalling insult to every member of our armed forces, present and past, in this blatantly dishonorable decision.

John Carstarphen


(4) comments

Brian Tamney

I am curious which channel the writer was viewing na d if any stations covered the whole ceremony.

George Croix

"The three living veterans all attended the ceremony on Tuesday, where they were greeted and applauded by President Obama. The Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to the families of the 21 soldiers who have died."

"Medal of Honor recipients are usually personally decorated by the President.
If the Medal of Honor is awarded posthumously it is presented to the recipient's family."

Although usually the award is presented at the White House, The President, on behalf of Congress, decides the means and manner of the presentations.
Not the news media.
The ceremony for all three living recipients was covered live on at least the #1 rated cable news channel.



If you are able, save them a place inside of you, and save one backward glance
when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say
you loved them, though you may or may not have always.Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Major O'Donnell was listed as MIA while piloting a
helicopter on a mission in Cambodia on 24 March 1970.
His remains were recovered and interned at
Arlington National Cemetery on 16 August 2001.
Where do we get such men from? When you go to hire somebody,...remember those who made it BACK,....Then as a gesture of love,.....remember those who will never make it back,...but did make it HOME!
----JBG ( one in His number of the few )

Lars Faltskog

We live in a world where the public responds to more often-ed and more frequent "sound bytes". It is no surprise that one or more news channels would begin this type of ceremony, cut in its progress, and report another sound byte of an unrelated story.

With the vast array of channels and news sources, at least one or more of them are bound to make this less-than-desireable judgment. But, this leads me to a question. Is there in existence a cable or satellite channel that devotes programming exclusively to military audiences?

That would be a great idea to have something like "USMN" - US Military Network - where they can program ceremonies, show war movies, and interviews with veterans. That way, this network can show ceremonies in its entirety and hire news experts who are ex-military, report on it, and possess the care and knowledge of the military system(s).

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