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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

Medal of Honor Recipient On Medical Professionals: 'These are the people on the front lines'

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IMPORTANT. WE LEARNED IT IN THE PAST AND
WE LEARNED IT IN THE PAST AND WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN NOW.
WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN NOW. >> I WANT TO GO TO THE REASON
>> I WANT TO GO TO THE REASON WHY I INVITED YOU ON AND WE
WHY I INVITED YOU ON AND WE PLANNED TO DO SOMETHING ON THE
PLANNED TO DO SOMETHING ON THE MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM WHICH I
MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM WHICH I THINK IT IS TRYING TO -- I
THINK IT IS TRYING TO -- I BELIEVE IT IS A GROUND BREAKING
BELIEVE IT IS A GROUND BREAKING HAPPENING IN DALLAS SOME TIME
HAPPENING IN DALLAS SOME TIME SOON AND THAT IS A GREAT WAY FOR
SOON AND THAT IS A GREAT WAY FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN ABOUT MEDAL OF
PEOPLE TO LEARN ABOUT MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS BUT I WANT TO
HONOR RECIPIENTS BUT I WANT TO READ THE MISSION STATE COLONEL
READ THE MISSION STATE COLONEL JACK BECAUSE IT MAY APPLY TO A
JACK BECAUSE IT MAY APPLY TO A LOT OF AMERICANS TODAY.
LOT OF AMERICANS TODAY. THE MEDAL OF HONOR IS AWARDED BY
THE MEDAL OF HONOR IS AWARDED BY THE PRESIDENT IN THE NAME OF
THE PRESIDENT IN THE NAME OF CONGRESS TO A MEMBER OF THE
CONGRESS TO A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES DISTINGUISHED BY
ARMED FORCES DISTINGUISHED BY GALANTRY AND INTREPIDITY RISKING
GALANTRY AND INTREPIDITY RISKING LOSS OF LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND
LOSS OF LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.
THE CALL OF DUTY. A LOT OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
A LOT OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS RISKING THE LOSS OF LIFE RIGHT
RISKING THE LOSS OF LIFE RIGHT NOW.
NOW. IF WE DON’T HAVE ONE, WE MAY
IF WE DON’T HAVE ONE, WE MAY WANT TO COME UP WITH A CIVILIAN
WANT TO COME UP WITH A CIVILIAN AWARD FOR WHAT WE’RE GOING
AWARD FOR WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH AND SEEING ALREADY WITH
THROUGH AND SEEING ALREADY WITH DOCTORS AND NURSES ALL OVER THE
DOCTORS AND NURSES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. >> WELL, A MEDAL OF HONOR
>> WELL, A MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY EACH YEAR AWARDS
SOCIETY EACH YEAR AWARDS VALOROUS AWARDS TO CIVILIANS WHO
VALOROUS AWARDS TO CIVILIANS WHO HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES IN
HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES IN CIRCUMSTANCES JUST LIKE THE ONES
CIRCUMSTANCES JUST LIKE THE ONES YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.
YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE REMEMBER RIGHT NOW THAT THE
REMEMBER RIGHT NOW THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE FRONT
PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES ARE FIRST RESPONDERS,
LINES ARE FIRST RESPONDERS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, AND THE
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, AND THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVES WHO
NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVES WHO ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE TRYING TO
ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE TRYING TO KEEP -- KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING
KEEP -- KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING TOO CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER,
TOO CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER, PATROLLING AREAS.
PATROLLING AREAS. YOU COULD SEE THEM IN LARGE
YOU COULD SEE THEM IN LARGE CITIES, PARTICULARLY IN NEW YORK
CITIES, PARTICULARLY IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON AND SEATTLE ALL
AND WASHINGTON AND SEATTLE ALL OF THE TIME.
OF THE TIME. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE IN UNIFORM
THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE IN UNIFORM AND OUT WHO ARE ON THE FRONT
AND OUT WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES AND THEY ALL DESERVE NOT
LINES AND THEY ALL DESERVE NOT ONLY OUR RESPECT BUT OUR THANKS
ONLY OUR RESPECT BUT OUR THANKS AND OUR ACCOLADES AS WELL.
AND OUR ACCOLADES AS WELL. >> WELL, YOU DESERVE OUR RESPECT
>> WELL, YOU DESERVE OUR RESPECT AND ACCOLADES AND THERE IS NOT
AND ACCOLADES AND THERE IS NOT MANY LIVING MEDAL OF HONOR
MANY LIVING MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS AND IT IS AN HONOR TO
RECIPIENTS AND IT IS AN HONOR TO KNOW YOU AND I ENCOURAGE FOLKS
KNOW YOU AND I ENCOURAGE FOLKS AS A WAY DO THAT, GET TO KNOW
AS A WAY DO THAT, GET TO KNOW PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN AWARDED
PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN AWARDED THIS HIGHEST HONOR.
THIS HIGHEST HONOR. READ ABOUT THEIR STORIES.
READ ABOUT THEIR STORIES. THEY’RE UNBELIEVABLE STORIES.
THEY’RE UNBELIEVABLE STORIES. AREN’T THEY COLONEL JACK?
AREN’T THEY COLONEL JACK? EVEN ONE IS HEROISM BEYOND
EVEN ONE IS HEROISM BEYOND SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COULD
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COULD COMPREHEND.
COMPREHEND. >> WELL ALL OF US RECIPIENTS
>> WELL ALL OF US RECIPIENTS TELL YOU THE SAME THING, WE
TELL YOU THE SAME THING, WE DON’T WEAR THE AWARD WE WEAR IT
DON’T WEAR THE AWARD WE WEAR IT FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T AND THINK
FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T AND THINK ABOUT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED
ABOUT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND PERFORMED VALENTLY AND
AND PERFORMED VALENTLY AND NOBODY SAW IT AND PEOPLE DID SEE
NOBODY SAW IT AND PEOPLE DID SEE IT AND THEY WERE KILLED, THERE
IT AND THEY WERE KILLED, THERE WAS NOBODY LEFT TO WITNESS IT
WAS NOBODY LEFT TO WITNESS IT AND THAT IS WHY THERE ARE ONLY
AND THAT IS WHY THERE ARE ONLY 71 OF US ALIVE.
71 OF US ALIVE. WHEN I WAS DECORATED THERE WERE
WHEN I WAS DECORATED THERE WERE FIVE TIMES AS MANY.

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