November 23rd will be "Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Day" in Iowa - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

November 23rd will be "Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Day" in Iowa

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Tuesday, November 23 will be declared "Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Day" by Governor Chet Culver.

That is the day Staff Sgt. Giunta will return home to Iowa to see family and friends after being presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on November 16.

Staff Sgt. Giunta, a Hiawatha native who graduated from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, in 2007.

"Staff Sgt. Giunta is an extraordinary American who risked his own life to save his comrades. His bravery on behalf of others in the face of extreme danger makes him a true hero. I am extremely proud that an Iowan will become the first living service member to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Staff Sgt. Giunta's selfless courage represents the best in all of us. So on behalf of all Iowans, I want to publicly thank Staff Sgt. Giunta on November 23 and formally honor him for his service to our country," said Culver in a written statement.

Staff Sgt. Giunta and his family are scheduled to meet privately with Governor Culver in his office on Tuesday, November 23.  A public ceremony will be held in the State Capitol rotunda immediately following.

KWWL's Ron Steele will be in Washington, D.C. for the Medal of Honor ceremony.  Watch for his reports on Tuesday.


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