Today President Bush presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to the parents of PFC Ross Andrew McGinnis. PFC McGinnis became the 2nd soldier in the Global War on Terror to be awarded our highest medal as a Nation to honor a Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, or Marine's courage and sacrifice under fire. His actions and his sacrifice are in absolute accordance with the highest of ideals of honor, courage, and commitment to something greater then yourself. Below my post is the link to both the NY Times article and the Arlington National Cemetery Website article about Ross.
“When Ross McGinnis was in kindergarten,” Mr. Bush said, “the teacher asked him to draw a picture of what he wanted to be when he grew up. He drew a soldier. Four men are alive because this soldier embodied our Army values and gave his life.”
First I would like to extend my sincerest and utmost condolences to his Mother, and Father, and the rest of his family. To the men of his platoon, company and battalion also, please accept my sincerest condolences. From everything I have read about Ross he was an absolutely incredible soldier, friend, and person and I know how you must miss him.
(All pictures are from the NY Times Web Article)