I’m sitting here working on a talk for the North Carolina Purple Heart Assn. Annual Meeting Banquet and I have fifteen minutes following the Keynoter. I’ve done many hundreds of banquet presentations and twice now in the past I have looked out on the audience and spotted a member who was wearing a Congressional Medal of Honor. ¬†One was Matt Urban in Michigan and the other was Walter (Joe) Marm,Jr. here in North Carolina. In combat both men laid their lives on the line again and again.They were heroes of the highest order. Later when I met them I stood in awe. Both were humble men.And Saturday night I will look out on this group of Purple Heart recipients and I will stand in awe of all those who served our nation with courage and honor. We will laugh together and perhaps shed a tear or two for our fallen comrades and in our hearts we will all hold a prayer for a better America.

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