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Medal of Honor recipient speaks at Veterans Assembly Friday

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Main speaker Barnum is one of the few recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the US military.

Main speaker Barnum is one of the few recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the US military.

Jacob de Waard

Jacob de Waard

Main speaker Barnum is one of the few recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the US military.

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Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Harvey Barnum fulfilled a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he spoke at a Naperville North High School Veterans Day assembly Friday.

The brief assembly included a speech from Barnum, multiple musical performances by NNHS students, and ended with the recognition of eight of Naperville North’s staff for their service. This included Daniela Moravec, Ashley Meyers, Brian Kelly, Mike Jelinek, Dave Hayes, Jeffry Bedore, John Cole, and Rebecca DiOrio.

Barnum is one of only 72 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, and was presented the award in 1967 for valor during the Vietnam War. According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, this award is given to members of the armed forces for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” in a situation involving conflict with an enemy.

 

Colonel Harvey Barnum sits with other veterans during the Veterans Day assembly at Naperville North High School.

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