General (Retired) David Perkins was awarded the Genesis Medal from the National Purple Heart Honor Mission. Perkins commanded the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq, known as Thunder Run, in 2003. General Perkins served multiple tours in Europe and the Middle East. He commanded units in a series of Joint and Multi-National operations including UN missions. He was decorated numerous times for his service including the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for valor in combat.
He called the Genesis Medal "a huge honor," but added he felt "unworthy to be in company" with all of the Purple Heart recipients in the audience. He also thanked the Gold Star families who were present. "You all bring another whole level of meaning to a veteran's life," Perkins said. "Your warrior is not here physically, yet you still come to these things. You remind the rest of us why we serve. You remind us our service was not in vain." Perkins also praised all those who support the Purple Heart hall, especially those who volunteer their services there. "Thank you for working to make sure that our country does not take (Purple Heart recipients) for granted," Perkins said. Read more.