I write about leaders every day. Those who lead their field, such as sports stars with raw talent or innovators with bright ideas. Others who lead large organizations, and their various antics and foibles. Those who technically lead nothing, but have amassed a group of followers all the same. And of course, those who lead our country or would like to, sometimes with leadership qualities but just as often without. But it is rare that I get to write about people who are leaders in every sense of the word. Today is one of those days. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, was honored by the president Thursday for his actions in Afghanistan that helped to rescue three dozen fellow soldiers and recover four dead American troops. The details of his valor and leadership qualities have by now been well accounted. He showed courage to an extraordinary degree: He braved enemy fire five times, fighting his way into an ambush in an Afghan ravine and killing eight Taliban soldiers in the process. He has a clear moral center, willing to go up against the command of his officials to do what he felt was right. And he is exceedingly loyal to his colleagues, unwilling to leave behind men he considered brothers in an episode that has been examined over and over again and at times called an institutional failure. Even after the controversial ambush, Meyerâ€™s leadership narrative remains intact. He is unwaveringly conscientious, asking the President to call back during his lunch hour because he was currently on duty in his construction job. He is humble, telling The New York Times that â€œmy story is one of millions, and the others arenâ€™t often told.â€ And heâ€™s using his own power to serve others, working to raise funds for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Read the rest of the Story...[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="364" caption="Image taken by Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST"][/caption]
Beginning at 8:00 AM/ET on Sunday, September 11, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor three hours of live special coverage, â€œ9/11:America Remembers Ten Years Later â€” A Special Edition of Good Morning America."Â You can watch that coverage live on Yahoo!
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WHERE: Where Ever You AreLets pass this around and call for a moment of silence in respect to one of the worse tragedies on American soil in our times. At 9:11 on 9/11 we will respect a moment of silence for 9min 11 sec. It seems like a long time but imagine the people that were trapped in the towers, under the building when it collapsed. Lets for once ignore the political wall that has divided this country and for just 9min and 11 seconds come together as one. WILL YOU JOIN ME.... via Moment Of SilenceEvent of Facebook created by Keith R. Gini, Firefighter Ray Perkowski, Sarina Jade Beckwith. 22,996 People say they are attending, will you?