August marks the 70th anniversary of the close of WWII. What significance does this month hold for adolescents today? The world has changed in many ways, but the values that brought it out of those dark days are more important than ever. In this edWeb webinar,hosted by the Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community, presenter Cathy Ehlers-Metcalf guided a discussion on August 1945 and what that month meant to the US, Japan, the world, and the future — and why it still matters today. Attendees learned how to increase students’ knowledge of VJ Day with “living histories” and accompanying instructional activities.
In April 1970, then-Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in advancing enemy lines, single-handedly destroying enemy forces that pinned down his battalion, and saving a fallen comrade, all while suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Forty-five years after two volunteer deployments to Vietnam, Melvin Morris was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House for his valorous actions while commanding the Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force near ChiLang.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Sergeant Kyle White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House.