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Subject: Re: OT but feel very compelled to do this Date: 9/19/2001 3:53 PM
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CWRailroad writes:
All civilians aboard this aircraft be recognized with a Medal of Freedom to be given to the next of kin, and all military personal aboard this flight to be given the Medal of Honor.

As much as I agree that there was heroism involved in this case, I have to disagree with the above recommendation. The Congressional Medal of Honor and (I assume) the Medal of Freedom are extraordinary awards for extraordinary acts of heroism. We do not just hand them out to every Joe or Jane that happens to be in the vicinity when an act of courage is performed. For all you or anyone not on that flight know, half the passengers sat in their seats while the other half tried to retake control of the plane. To award the Medal of Honor to everyone on that plane would cheapen the award for those on that flight who truly deserved it and more importantly for those that earned it before.

The Medal of Honor is not some sop that's thrown to the grieving family to grant them to know that this country has recognized their lost loved ones.

I readily admit that heroism probably deserving of the Medal of Honor was displayed on that flight. The problem is that I don't know by whom. The Medal of Honor is too special to give out without that knowledge.

Sorry for continuing with the off topic nature of this thread. I just couldn't let this one go by.

By way of something appropriate though: I recently visited the D&B in Milpitas CA. Mostly enjoyed it. My niece loved it. At least she seemed to. I had a bite to eat (some chicken sandwich) and it was pretty tasty. Took forever to arrive though. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. It seemed to have taken such a long time because the restaurant and the bar were both packed and busy as heck. On the other hand I'm not overwhelmed with the service. Also, I tried the shooting gallery and it was lame. I had to think that they'd be better off replacing that attraction with some kind of immersive multi-player game like the MechWar game.
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