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Posted on 08/07/2007 3:25:51 PM PDT by Dubya
Powell Presents Purple Hearts; Postal Service Reissues Stamp Honoring Medal
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2007 Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell presented Purple Heart Medals to two wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here today, as the U.S. Postal Service reissued a stamp honoring the medal and those who wear it.
The medal, which features George Washingtons family crest and the first presidents silhouette set against a purple heart, is awarded to U.S. servicemembers wounded by an instrument of war in an enemys hands.
Powell received a Purple Heart after a booby trap wounded him in 1963 near the Vietnam-Laos border. The general today told the audience of nearly 150 servicemembers, families, friends, and hospital officials that the Purple Heart is unique because its the only decoration which you are entitled to as a wounded warrior.
You may be recommended for other decorations, but this is the one that you are entitled to, he said. It is something that is owed to all of our wounded warriors by a grateful nation, and is given in the name of the president.
Its the least the American people can do to recognize those of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have been willing to step forward to serve the nation, serve the cause of peace, freedom and democracy around the world, the general said.
Powell presented Purple Hearts to two such servicemembers who were wounded by improvised explosive devices in separate incidents in Iraq: Army Sgt. Robert Evans, of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, from Fort Benning, Ga., and Army Pfc. Marcus LaBadie of 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, from Fort Hood, Texas.
Because I have a Purple Heart now, and because Ive been through it and Ive walked in their shoes, I have more respect for the other soldiers who have Purple Hearts, Evans said after Powell pinned his shirtfront with the medal.
Civilians who wish to honor Purple Heart recipients now need to look no further than their local post office. John Potter, postmaster general and chief executive officer of the U.S. Postal Service, and Powell unveiled an eight-foot replica of the Purple Heart stamp that today becomes available to the public.
The reason that were here today is because the stamp has touched this nation and its people so deeply, and theyve let us know that, Potter said. Its not only the stamp itself that resonates so strongly, (but) its what the stamp stands for, what it represents.
The stamp commemorates servicemembers sense of duty, dedication to service, spirit of valor, and willingness to sacrifice, the postmaster general said.
By using the Purple Heart stamp on their cards and letters, our citizens salute you and your role in protecting our great nation, Potter said.
The 41-cent stamp is the third issue of the Purple Heart postage stamp and goes on sale nationally today to coincide with two significant dates in the medals history. Today marks the 225th anniversary of the Badge of Military Merit, the predecessor of the Purple Heart Medal, which was first awarded 75 years ago.
Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director of the Tricare Management Activity, thanked audience members for helping acknowledge one of the countrys oldest military badges by witnessing the stamps unveiling.
This is truly a legacy in terms of the Postal Service and their support of our men and women in uniform services, he said.
I have a great deal of respect for Gen. Powell.
I once did, but the way he and Richard Armitage let the White House hang in the wind as everybody and their dog was looking for Robert Novak’s source was despicable. He was supposed to be loyal to the President. I think he dishonored the uniform he used to wear and is now unqualified to present military medals to anyone.
Did John Kerry aprove of this message??????.....
I’ll have to come down on the side of ‘used to’ myself.
Powell’s comments about the war have been unfortunate IMO. There are other issues as well, but this will suffice.
It’s distrubing for me to see certain people lofted, to conduct certan functions after they have jumped the shark.
It’s just my opinion, but I think this guy has.
As a soldier he was a great politician.
Nice looking stamp.
Thanks. Have a nice evening.
Ahhh, but it is sweet to see the heart revalued after its devaluation under sKerry! Gonna get me a book of stamps tomorrow! look at it as ‘Today...Powell, Tomorrow...Hal Moore’
Yes, after Kerry it was sortof like Carter winning the Nobel Peace prize. All of a sudden it meant absolutely nothing.
Still, those who support the military weren’t fooled about what the Purple Heart stood for. You and I just saw what an utter ass Kerry had always been.
As Schwarzkopf is quoted in "The General's War":
"Powell is a political genius ... but he lacks the stomach for war."