Drew Dix, an army Special Forces Veteran and Pueblo native, asked the students to remember the sacrifices that were made for this country.
He told them being a hero is not something you plan for, instead it happens when you put your best foot forward. He said, “if you do the right thing, work hard, you will be rewarded.” He added that you become a hero when you realize there is something greater in life than yourself and you are willing to sacrifice for someone else.
“A hero is just a title. Most people that do things that are considered heroic did things that they thought at the time needed to be done. They weren’t thinking about being a hero,” said Dix.
Dix reminded them that heroes never get to that point alone. He says it’s important to have a good support system behind you, a good community.
He said Pueblo was that community for him. He said that it was a tremendous honor to receive the medal in the White House from the President.
Perhaps even more memorable was the warm welcome home and parade he received when he returned to the “Home of Heroes.” He says it was the best honor to stand next to the three other Pueblo Medal of Honor recipients who he called his friends.
Dix told 11 News that receiving the nation’s highest military award is an honor he can’t explain.
"It means everything to me. Not because I think I did anything but the recipients that receive it before me were all key in their part of their time in this country. And to be a part of that history, is just an amazing feeling."
Dix says at least once a year it’s important to remember our veterans and all they have done.
“I'm proud of you, those from World War II I’m proud of what you did and setting the standards for us, those in Korea as well. And those from Vietnam, I’m proud to have stood beside you in a troubling time and remember you won that war,” said Dix.
Dix is one of four Medal of Honor recipients from Pueblo. The others were Carl Sitter, Bill Crawford and Jerry Murphy.
Dix received the medal for his service in Vietnam. Dix is also the co-founder for the Pueblo-based Center for American Values. He currently lives in Alaska.