Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Hero's Homecoming

Last Saturday I had the privilege of covering the homecoming parade for Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer in his hometown of Greensburg, Ky. I spent the day shooting for Getty Images and was thankful to be able to cover such a neat event alongside my good friends Leslye Davis and Daniel Houghton. The experience of the whole day was uniquely American in more ways than I can express.

Former active duty Marine Corps Corporal and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer waves from atop a U.S. military humvee while leading the Cow Days Festival parade down Main Street on September 17, 2011 in his hometown of Greensburg, Ky. Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor after saving the lives of 36 American and Afghan soldiers while serving with Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, September 8, 2009 during a firefight in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Meyer is the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.  (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)