(New York Daily News)- Last week, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living service member from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the country’s top military award.
But like most of the brave men and women who serve, Giunta knows he wasn’t out there fighting for medals or recognition, and he accepted the award with admirable humility and heartfelt acknowledgment of those who have died in battle.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Giunta got a hug, not a military salute, from President Obama. As a blog post on the website of Stars and Stripes, a military publication, pointed out, it would have been appropriate – though not necessary – for Obama to salute Giunta. It referenced a previous Medal of Honor recipient who had been saluted by George W. Bush.
Some on the right, though, were deeply upset by Obama’s failure to salute. This group includes folks like Rees Lloyd, a civil rights attorney and American Legionnaire, who saw evidence that the President “loathes the nation he was so desperate to lead…
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