Medal of Honor recipients get plaque in Capitol

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Some of the bravest people in world are from Kentucky, 59 men and one woman have won the Medal of Honor from the Commonwealth.  Elected officials are saying thanks by erecting a plaque in the capitol in their honor.  

"You neither compete for the medal, nor do you win the medal," said Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky. "You earn the medal."

There are five recipients the Bluegrass still alive. The three who still live in the state were in the rotunda for the ceremony.  

"It's a memorial of guys who went out and gave everything that they did and sacrificed so much for Kentucky, for the United States of America to be free," said most recent recipient Dakota Meyer.

Meyer was a hit at the ceremony.  Adults and kids were eager to take pictures with him.  He received the medal for putting his life in danger to support fellow marines who were ambushed in Afghanistan. Still he doesn't accept the praise.

"I feel the furthest thing from a hero," said Meyer.  "To sit hear to have them say the story, it's really hard to hear because at the end of the day I feel like I'm a failure because I'm getting rewarded for not bringing my guys home alive, and that's the hardest part about the whole thing."

Meyer is no longer in the military.  He lives in Columbia, KY, but spends about 25 days a month traveling around the country speaking and raising money for his scholarship fund.

The plaque will be on a wall near the front door and next to the rotunda.

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