2009-05-22 / Front Page

Medal of Honor Convention appeals to Rotary

By John Temple Ligon temple@thecolumbiastar.com

Maj. Gen. Nelson C. Lacy

Any nation that does not  honor its heroes will not
endure.
—Abraham Lincoln

We're the land of the free as long as we're the land of the brave.

—Maj. Gen. Nelson C. Lacy

Maj. Gen. Nelson C. Lacy commands the South Carolina State Guard, which was founded on May 22, 1670, in Charleston. The State Guard and The Citadel are sponsoring the Medal of Honor Convention to be held in Charleston, Sept. 29- Oct. 3, 2010.

Lacy addressed the Columbia Rotary Club at Monday lunch at Seawell's, May 18.

There are 97 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, and all are invited to attend the convention in Charleston. There are six living recipients claimed by South Carolina. The oldest of the 97 is 100 years old, and the youngest is 58.

To earn the Medal of Honor is to undergo such a severe screening process that through the Gulf War and the combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan the only awards are posthumous.

As President Lincoln put it, "Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not endure."

To which Lacy added, "We're the land of the free as long as we're the land of the brave."

For more information on the Medal of Honor Convention, visit medalofhonorconvention.com.

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