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A day for honoring heroes

by David Ammons | April 2nd, 2014

Kim with Medal of Honor recipients

Secretary of State Wyman stands with (from left) SFC Leroy Petry, Capt. William Swenson and SSG Ty Carter in front of the Medal of Honor Monument on the Capitol Campus. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle)

Washington paid tribute Wednesday to three of the state’s bravest sons, military heroes who are the latest to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest commendation for gallantry and bravery on the battlefield.

Secretary Wyman joined Gov. Jay Inslee and other officials; MG Terry Ferrell, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, JBLM; veterans’ organizations; family members, and previous recipients in honoring SFC Leroy Petry, Capt. William Swenson and SSG Ty Carter.  Seven of the 76 living recipients of the Medal live in Washington state, the governor noted in declaring Medal of Honor Day on Wednesday.

After ceremonies in the Capitol Rotunda, the newest recipients’ names were added to the Medal of Honor Monument on the Capitol grounds, just east of the Winged Victory Monument.

Said Wyman:

“The ceremonies were very moving. We owe a debt of gratitude to these brave men. Many of us talk about bravery and hope that when we’re called upon to do a selfless act of courage, we’d be willing to step up.  In the case of these Medal of Honor winners, they have actually done this.  They are true heroes among us.”


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