The U.S Coast Guard named its new headquarters building in southeast Washington, D.C. after World War II hero Douglas A. Munro on Wednesday, November 13, as a permanent legacy to the service's lone recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, which Munro earned after sacrificing his life to save hundreds of Marines at Guadalcanal.
From the Coast Guard's official blog:
The ceremony comes just two days after Veterans Day, a day in which we honor those who have worn the uniform and defended our freedoms. This significance was not lost on U.S. Marine Corps Col. Barney Barnum, a Medal of Honor recipient who attended the ceremony. For him, both Veterans Day and the ceremony served as a perfect time to rededicate "to the principles our great country stands for and what veterans have fought to protect and preserve."
As a Medal of Honor recipient himself, Barnum shared his thoughts on why it is important to educate the public about the dignity and honor behind the Medal of Honor and recipients like Munro.
"The Medal of Honor stands for, or represents, the metal of America. It stands for who we are, what we have accomplished and what we are prepared to do to – protect our freedom," said Barnum. "The Medal of Honor is a reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans to ensure our freedoms prevail."
Douglas Munro's sacrifice to our country serves as a constant reminder that the men and women of the Coast Guard stand always ready to protect our shores. Please join us in honoring Munro's memory.