VIDEO: Lieutenant Michael Thornton, Retired U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient, Marks Memorial Day at Future Site of National Medal of Honor Museum

Reminds Americans that despite the need to be apart, the nation can still come together in honoring those who died in combat

ARLINGTON, TX – (May 22, 2020) – The National Medal of Honor Museum today released a digital video that features Medal of Honor Recipient Lieutenant Michael Thornton honoring this year’s Memorial Day in solitude at their future site in Arlington, Texas. On a day families and friends typically gather in remembrance of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in service, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will force many Americans to observe the holiday in isolation. Lieutenant Thornton offers that while separated, the nation can still mourn and give thanks as one.

Click here to watch the video.

The video features patriotic scenes from American life, ending with a salute to the fallen from Lieutenant Thornton at the future site of the National Medal of Honor Museum. 

Lieutenant Thornton at the future site of the National Medal of Honor Museum

The video text reads: 

The freedom we all enjoy has come at a great price. Today we remember their sacrifices. For years we honored them together. This year, we are apart, but we have not forgotten. 

The National Medal of Honor Museum salutes our fallen heroes

Members of the media should feel free to use the video as part of their Memorial Day coverage at any point over the weekend, not just on Monday. Additional still images from the video can be found here.