All too often, society mislabels entertainers as heroes. Celebrities and sports stars are exciting to watch, but the true heroes are the men and women who serve this country and ask for nothing in return but the preservation of American values. Role models come in many forms, and the fact of the matter is that more of our youth need to seek guidance from those who protect our freedoms.
Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer of the U.S. Marine Corps is a shining example of a hero whom Americans should value as a role model. Sgt. Meyer is only the third living recipient of the Medial of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first Marine in 41 years to receive the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government.
His issuance of the Medal comes after a firefight in Eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009, when Sgt. Meyer repeatedly evacuated members of his embedded training team and Afghan soldiers while sustaining shrapnel wounds. Sgt. Meyer’s bravery was truly heroic, as were the men who served by his side and also lost their lives during the conflict.
In the season finale of Amazing America, Sgt. Dakota Meyer joins Sarah Palin in her native home of Alaska to honor his fallen brothers as well as the heroes who remain on the front lines today. Join us in commemorating the bravery of these men and women on May 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET, with Sgt. Dakota Meyer. For now, go behind the scenes of our special season finale in Wasilla, Alaska, and get an inside look at the making of Amazing America.