Record Crowd Hears Dakota Meyer Speak at Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 [10:17 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- More than 200 guests
attended Lindsey Wilson College's ninth-annual annual Veterans
Appreciation Luncheon, held Wednesday afternoon in the Roberta D.
Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.
The record crowd heard from Southcentral Kentucky native and
Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer.
Meyer urged guests to always seize an opportunity.
"It's about what you do tomorrow, it's about what you do today,
it's about what opportunities you take that matter," Meyer
Meyer, 23, also thanked the older veterans "for my
"I see sacrifice, I see commitment among you," he said. "I see
that you all stood up in a time of need and you took an oath to
defend your freedom and give your life at a moment notice, just
like I did, and for that I thank you."
That's why Meyer said it's important to encourage young people
to be patriotic.
Meyer also thanked veterans' family members.
"They sacrifice so much for us while we go through our duty," he
Meyer -- who has been a popular speaker since receiving the
Medal Honor from President Obama on Sept. 15 for his actions during
the Battle of Ganigal on Sept. 8, 2009, in Afghanistan -- said it
was an honor to begin this year's Veterans Day events in
"Its not only about being here with the veterans … but this is
my hometown, and I wanted be with my hometown," he said.