The US Army’s Medal of Honor Cast for WWII Hero and the grand army cast of Grand Army cast member John Cleese and the band were among the stars of the first-ever US military show, the US Army Commendation Medal for Gallantry and Valor, broadcast on US television on Wednesday.
“This was an extraordinary day for the men and women of the US Armed Forces,” said Army Secretary Robert Mabus in a statement.
“It was an honor to present this award to John and his family.
It is a great honor to honor those who have stood up for our country and for freedom, justice and dignity.
We salute you and look forward to seeing you soon on our television screens.”
The ceremony was broadcast live from the Pentagon and was the first time in decades that US soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were presented the award.
The ceremony aired live from a military aircraft in Virginia and featured the singing of a tribute to the late John Cleeses grandfather, who died after a motorcycle crash in 1956.
John Cleese was awarded the US Medal of Victory for his actions during World War II.
The American military has never presented a Medal of Valor to a living veteran in public before, and the ceremony was the culmination of years of lobbying by veterans groups and celebrities who worked to get the Medal of honor.
A US Air Force spokesman said it had received the award for heroism and valor from President Barack Obama.
The ceremony was hosted by former military spouses and their families, including actor and comedian Seth Meyers.
The Army said it did not announce the award to honor the singer or actors.
“The US military recognizes the bravery and sacrifice of all who fight and die in our nation’s name,” said Maj. Gen. John P. McAdoo, a spokesman for the Army.
John Clees, John Cleanss grandfather, said he hoped the show would help him remember his grandson as an example of the courage and valour that was essential to American liberty.””
The US Army commends the American people for their service and sacrifices in the war on terror and will continue to support our troops and their spouses through this event.”
John Clees, John Cleanss grandfather, said he hoped the show would help him remember his grandson as an example of the courage and valour that was essential to American liberty.
“I just want to show my grandson and the country that he has been a true American hero,” John Clese told the Associated Press.
“He is one of the greats of our time.
I’m sure he’s got his heart set on becoming an American hero.”
Cleese, who has been married three times, has appeared in films such as The Rockford Files and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and in several TV shows including The Big Bang Theory and Chicago Fire.
The awards ceremony was also the first in a series of events to honor veterans and their family members at the Pentagon, where the Army and Air Force are sharing medals and ribbons for military service.
The Army has not offered the medal to a veteran since 2002, when retired Marine Gen. Daniel A. Sullivan, a top Pentagon official, was the last to receive one.
“Every time I step into the room, I see John Cleess in the mirror,” said retired Lt.
Gen (res) John T. O’Donnell, the chief of staff for the Pentagon.
“I’ve got to see that.”