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July 09, 2011


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Cheapening recognition robs it of its purpose. It should be reserved for recognizing actions "above and beyond the call."

In response to one of my recent blog posts about a real military hero, an old friend sent some factoids about Harry Truman. One said, when he was 87, Congress began a process to award him a Medal of Honor. Truman wrote a letter saying if they made the award he would not accept it. He said they should reserve the medal for only those who had performed heroic actions, and he did not consider himself one of those.

Perhaps we need a few more Harry S. Trumans today.

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