I wanted to take a moment and pass on my congratulations to a good friend who is an “angel” in every sense of the word. My friend, Soldier’s Angel and one awesome lady, Ms. Mary Ann Phillips will be recognized today by President Obama with a 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal.
Americans who go above and beyond for their community and country don’t go unrecognized. For more than 40 years, extraordinary citizens and public figures have been honored with the Presidential Citizens Medal, which recognizes “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”
— Executive Order 11494 (Nov. 13, 1969)
Mary Ann has been at the last few Milblog Conferences (after flying to the US from Germany) and every time I see her I give her a big old hug and tell her how much I appreciate her. I have written about her before here, http://www.bouhammer.com/2009/08/usa-and-soldiers-angels-step-up-for-british-soldier/ and I wrote about and linked to a great testament to Mary Ann that was written by my friend Old Blue here, http://www.bouhammer.com/2010/03/if-you-read-nothing-else-today-read-this-one/
Please head over to http://www.examiner.com/x-56590-Examinercom-Features-Editor~y2010m8d4-Examinercom-Exclusive-Meet-the-2010-Citizens-Medal-Winners and read about the medal, about Mary Ann and the rest of the recipients and see the video from the ceremony.
Mary Ann has never been one to be recognized or likes to be thanked for her work, but she it truly a gift from God and doing his work for our wounded warriors. Thank you Mary Ann for what you do and for being a friend. I am a better person for knowing you.