Thursday, November 8, 2001

“I think you are going to see people come out for Veterans Day ceremonies all around the country, and I think the catalyst is this 11th of September.”
Concise and to the point: That’s Harvey C. (“Barney”) Barnum Jr., a retired Marine colonel, since July the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs and just coincidentally one of the Washington area’s three living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
“People are realizing what being an American is all about, and they are realizing that everything that they have enjoyed for all of their lives that they took for granted is in jeopardy,” says Mr. Barnum, 61, who received his Medal of Honor for taking the place of a fallen company commander during intense combat in Vietnam. Just last month he stepped down as president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
“They want that protected, so who is going to protect it? G.I. Joe.”

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