ON-Lion Letter
"They call them 'Honor Flights.'  The airplanes bring veterans to Washington, D.C., to tour memorials that honor their service.  The oldest vets -- those from World War II -- get preference," begins a March commentary by James Jay Carafano for Fox News.

"But an Honor Flight [earlier in March] bore some extra-special passengers," Carafano continues.  "'Flagship Liberty' made just a short hop -- from NYC's LaGuardia to DC's Reagan National.  On board was a remarkable platoon:  all members of the nation's small company of living Medal of Honor recipients."

Carafano is a national-security expert at The Heritage Foundation.  He also heads Esprit de Corps, an organization dedicated to informing Americans about organizations that help U.S. veterans and their families.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports Heritage and Esprit de Corps.  Bradley also supports the Wisconsin group that is part of the national Honor Flight Network program.

March 25 was "Medal of Honor Day, marking the 149th anniversary of the presentation of the first medal," according to Carafano.

"Only a few dozen Medal of Honor recipients are still with us," he writes.  "But perhaps the most remarkable thing about this elite Band of Brothers is that, after all their extraordinary service and sacrifice under arms, they are still giving to their nation.

"Much of their selfless legacy is accomplished through the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and its educational curriculum at www.cmohedu.org.  Teaching lessons in character, from the experience of those who served, the online curriculum offers brief videos presenting living biographies of more than 100 Medal of Honor recipients.  These testimonials provide the basis for a six-part curriculum that teaches students how to better understand and emulate the virtues of courage, integrity, sacrifice, commitment, citizenship and patriotism."
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