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October 20, 2016

Taking the medal ceremony off air was disrespectful

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  • flounder35 posted at 2:20 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    flounder35 Posts: 21

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

  • gecroix posted at 10:43 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 6261

    "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.

  • Jbgood posted at 10:38 pm on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    Jbgood Posts: 2471


    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 )

  • sverige1 posted at 7:48 am on Mon, Mar 24, 2014.

    sverige1 Posts: 4054

    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).