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Dakota Meyer: America's hero; a model for the world, now

Students in Michael Mabry's class at Ramsey High School, in Ramsey, IL, watched the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, sharing the same feelings of pride as any neighbor in Adair and Green County experienced.
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By Ed Waggener

September 15, 2011, was a transforming day in the history of Columbia/Adair County. Before that day, we were Columbia/Adair County, home of Lindsey Wilson College, home of the Adair County Band, Kentucky's first county, alphabetically, trailed by a long, long list of superlatives.

After September 15, 2011, we are Columbia/Adair County, birthplace of Medal of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer, though we still keep all the pride in the other firsts, bests, and onlies for which the community is so famous.

But now Dakota Meyer belongs to the nation, to America; -and beyond; now he's an inspiration to all people around the world who admire courage, respect honesty, admire humility despite achievement, cherish individual freedoms.

It was evident Friday morning, as telephone calls reached us, wanting to know more about our most famous native son, and contact him.

One of the first was from Michael Mabry, a teacher at Ramsey High School, in Ramsey, IL, a wonderful American town, with values mirroring those of Columbia/Adair County, KY. Mr. Mabry's students had just watched President Obama present the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer,

The feelings he described for himself and for his students on that occasion were much the same as that experienced all over the country. A tingling sense of patriotism, a new appreciation for our country, a rebirth of a sense of the greatness one individual can instill in us all through selfless action.

Members of the class wanted Dakota Meyer to know that he means as much to them as he does to any Adair or Green Countian, to any Kentuckian. He's an American hero now. He's theirs equally as he is ours.

Today's Daily carries a photo of the Mr. Mabry and three of his students who share pride in America's hero: Dakota Meyer, with an almost certain commitment that this will not be the last time CM readers hear from Dakota admirers from around the globe. -EW

This story was posted on 2011-09-22 06:36:03
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Dakota Meyer an inspiration for students in Ramsey, IL

2011-09-22 - Ramsey, IL .
Three Ramsey, IL, students above with Mr. Michael Mabry, their teacher, have been inspired by Dakota Meyer, after watching the presentation of the Congressional Medal of Honor to him on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Their open letters are published in CM today. They are, from left, Peyton Reiss, Rhonda McDonald, and Marty Coates. Each wrote an essay. To read each one, click on the following links: Marty Coates plans career to serve veterans, inspired by Dakota Meyer.; Peyton Reiss writes: He put everything on the line that day; and Rhonda McDonald writes to Dakota Meyer: You are a HERO!.

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