Tribute to Dakota Meyer Unveiled at Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 [6:41 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- More than 130 "amazing"
area veterans and their guests were honored Tuesday at the
11th-annual Lindsey Wilson College Veterans Appreciation
"What you've done for this country is amazing, and I want
to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart,"
keynote speaker Richard Powers of Elizabethtown, Ky., told a total
of 132 guests in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference
The event, which is sponsored by the LWC National Alumni
Association, included the unveiling of a tribute to local Medal of
Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.
A retired Army sergeant, Powers has created sculptures
that honor a dozen Medal of Honor recipients. His latest tribute is
to Meyer, a U.S. Marine who received the Medal of Honor in
"When I decided to build one for Dakota Meyer, first
thing that jumped into my mind was that you guys, the World War II
generation, are the greatest generation without a doubt," Powers
said. "But Dakota Meyer is a hero of my generation. And I need to
make sure that my generation recognized what he did and what the
other recipients did. Because of what they did is a part of what we
all did. As long as I keep this message going, they'll know about
Powers unveiled the tribute with Meyer's grandfather,
Dwight Meyer, who served in the U.S. Marines Corps in the
"You all don't know how proud we are of my grandson,"
Meyer told the crowd. "He went through a lot, but he's the same old
Dakota. He hasn't let any of this get to him. He's just the same
Dakota he's always been."
Powers' tribute to Meyer will soon be on display in the
Cranmer Dining & Conference Center atrium.
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