Opening and Closing Bell on Wall Street
Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer visited the NYSE to commemorate his receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama. Meyer is the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the medal, the nation's highest honor. Sergeant Dakota Meyer is no longer an active duty Marine. In honor of the occasion, Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer rang The Opening BellSM.
The Medal of Honor is the United States military's highest decoration for valor.
Sgt Meyer has deployed twice to combat duty, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sgt Meyer entered a kill zone five separate times over the course of a six-hour fire-fight on Sept 8, 2009, in Ganjgal Valley. There Sgt Meyer evacuated the wounded, provided essential aid and, ultimately, saved the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers in addition to 23 Afghan soldiers.
Sgt Meyer is 23 years old and is originally from Columbia, Kentucky, attended local public schools, and graduated from Green County High School.
There have been 3450 recipients of the Medal of Honor since the first Medal was awarded in March 1863. Today there are 88 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.