During a somber ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, President Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s most prestigious military award, to Army Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins, who sacrificed his life to save his comrades in 2007.
“We can never measure the depth of our gratitude, or the full magnitude of your loss, but we can pay everlasting tribute to Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, and his truly immortal act of valor,” said Trump.
We are here today to award America’s highest military honor to a fallen hero who made the supreme sacrifice for our nation – Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins…https://t.co/q3J8BhRnhA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2019
“In his final moments on Earth, Travis did not run,” Trump said. “He didn’t know what it was to run. He did not hesitate. He rose to the highest calling. He laid down his life to save the lives of his fellow warriors.”
Atkins’ son, Trevor, accepted the award on his behalf, marking the seventh time President Trump has awarded the Medal of Honor to a US soldier.