The heroism of two American troops will be honored on Monday, but the circumstances could not be more different.
At the White House, Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha will be awarded the Medal of Honor for leading a counterattack that repelled a Taliban attempt to overrun Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan in October 2009.
President Barack Obama will recount Romesha’s gallantry for a room filled to capacity with his family and friends, military leaders and media members. The president will drape the medal around Romesha’s neck, and the 31 year old will become only the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan.
More than 1,300 miles away, at roughly the same time, a memorial will be held for former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Kyle, recognized as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history and the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” was fatally shot by another veteran on February 2 at a Texas gun range.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. They will be asked to refrain from taking photos and no “substantial handheld items” will be permitted in the stadium.
On Tuesday, at the end of a 200-mile procession, Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.