by Andy Weddington
Monday, 29 February 2016
If you've never met a Navy SEAL and you ran into one at a bar, you probably still wouldn't know he's a Navy SEAL. Howard E. Wasdin (SEAL)
Within the past 24 hours two American men, who happen to be black, hosted an award(s) ceremony.
Last evening Mr. Chris Rock hosted Hollywood's Oscars.
I did not watch. But no doubt tens of millions did.
This morning President Barack Obama, in our White House, hosted the Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr., U. S. Navy.
I watched every second. As I hope and pray millions did. And tens of millions more will watch.
The contrast in ceremonies, beginning with class of the hosts, could not be more stark. Thank you, Mr. President.
Hollywood heroes - faux - mimics of manliness.
United States Navy heroes - real - manly.
Hollywood heroes - haughty and "speechy"; for cause.
Navy hero - humble and silent; because.
Hollywood - dalliance.
Military service - duty.
I don't know whether or not an Oscar comes with a certificate or citation. Matters not.
The Medal of Honor is complemented by a citation. It matters.
SENIOR CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR (SEAL) EDWARD C. BYERS JR.
UNITED STATES NAVY
If you watched last evening's awards ceremony and not this morning's then recommend some quiet time alone to reflect and reassess life's priorities.
Because for men like Senior Chief Byers, and the likes of him in harms way this instant, we still live in relative peace and freedom.
Count the Hollywood crowd amongst the we.
Think about it.
In closing, Mr. Wasdin is correct. I know a few Navy SEALs and if you ran into them in a bar, or anywhere, you'd not know. But you would most probably conclude they can take care of themselves and are dangerous men.
Take a few minutes to honor your fellow citizen who selflessly, and quietly, serves us all.
The awards ceremony, as offered by NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/29/468559789/president-obama-to-present-medal-of-honor-to-navy-hero
For more on Senior Chief Byers, visit (not a hot link so cut and paste into browser): http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/moh/byers.html
For ease, Biography and Citation Summary of Action provided.