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Giunta honored in Des Moines

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DES MOINES (KWWL) – More than a hundred Iowans came to the State Capital to honor a young soldier who has inspired many people with his courageous acts and sacrifice of service.

Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta received the Medal of Honor last week from President Obama for his courageous actions in battle in Afghanistan in 2007.

On Tuesday morning a proclamation was made by the governor to honor Giunta.

"I therefore, Chester J. Culver, Governor of Iowa, do here by proclaim November 23, 2010 as Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta Day in Iowa," said Governor Chet Culver

The day literally belonged to Staff Sergeant Giunta, who wasted little time passing the praise on to all men and women who serve this country.

"For those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in this country and we can sit and live in this beautiful state and feel protected, this is for them," said Giunta.

For more than an hour Giunta shook hands, signed autographs, and took his picture with hundreds of Iowans who just wanted to say thanks.

"He is a true inspiration to young people throughout this state and across this nation who now see role models to look up to and people of good character to emulate," said Governor Culver.

"I'm proud to be an American, proud to be an Iowan. I'm proud to be part of this with everyone here. I'm proud to serve with the 173rd and the men and women of our nation. Thank you for making this possible today," said Giunta.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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