National Medal Honor Day is a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients.
Monday morning, community members and fifth grade students from Argillite Elementary and Grays Branch Elementary gathered to honor the two Medal of Honor recipients from Greenup County.
Those Medal of Honor recipients are Ernie West and John Collier.
West received his Medal of Honor for going above and beyond the call of duty in the Korean War by running back and forth to save his fellow comrades, while Collier gave the ultimate sacrifice, his own life, when he jumped on top of a grenade to save the rest of his platoon.
Organizers say it’s important to remember the sacrifices those men and women gave for our freedoms.
”We’ve got some real heroes out there [that] put forth a lot of sacrifice,” said Master Gunnery Sergeant Paul Sites, the Marine Corps JORTC instructor at Greenup County High School. “Most of these Medal of Honor recipients, they’re very humble about what they do. They’re good citizens, they give to their communities, they give to their country. They’re just willing to sacrifice any time and any place and it’s just awesome to be a part of it.”
Master Gunnery Sergeant Sites says it is remarkable for two people, West and Collier, to receive this highest honor given the fact they were both from Greenup County, knew each other, worked together, and fought in a war together.