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President Obama Presents Medal of Honor: "We're Reminded That We Are lucky to Have Americans Who Dedicate Their Lives to Protecting Ours"

The event to award the Medal of Honor to Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano and Henry Svehla, two heroes who made the ultimate give up during the Korean War, was long scheduled, but the timing made for a meaningful accident on a day when America is happy with pride over those who serve today.

The President began his remarks on that note:

I think we can all have the same opinion this is a good day for America. Our country has kept its commitment to see that honesty is done. The world is safer; it is a better place as of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Today, we are reminded that, as a nation, there’s not anything we can’t do —- when we put our shoulders to the wheel, when we work jointly, when we remember the sense of unity that defines us as Americans. And we’ve seen that spirit -— that patriotism -— in the crowds that have gathered, here outside the White House, at Ground Zero in New York, and across the country -- people holding candles, waving the flag, singing the National Anthem -- people proud to live in the United States of America.

And we’re reminded that we are happy to have Americans who dedicate their lives to protecting ours. They volunteer. They train. They tolerate separation from their families. They take surprising risks so that we can be safe. They get the job done. We may not always know their names. We may not always know their stories. But they are there, every day, on the front lines of freedom, and we are truly blessed.