White House Medal of Honor ceremony for Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford greets George Sabo, brother of Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. at the Sheraton National Hotel, prior to the White House Medal of Honor ceremony, posthumously, in honor of Spc. 4 Sabo. Then 22-yea... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
White House Medal of Honor ceremony for Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Rose Buccelli, Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr.'s widow, during the White House Medal of Honor Ceremony, posthumously, in honor of Sabo. Then 22-year-old Sabo was killed in action in Cambodia in 19... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
White House Medal of Honor Ceremony for Specialist Four Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama and Rose Buccelli, Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr.'s widow, bow their heads for benediction given by Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford, Army Chief of Chaplains during the White House Medal of Honor Ceremony, posthumously, ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
White House Medal of Honor ceremony for Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama applauds the actions of the surviving members of Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr.'s Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, in Se San Cambodia during the White House Medal of Honor ceremony, posthumous... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
White House Medal of Honor Ceremony for Specialist Four Leslie H. Sabo
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Tony Mabb, a researcher for the 101st Airborne Division Association's magazine, stands as President Barack Obama acknowledges Mabb for finding the original paperwork in the National Archives, during the White House Medal of Honor Ceremony, posthumous... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
White House Medal of Honor ceremony for Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford poses with George Sabo, brother of Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., and sister-in-law Olga Sabo at the Sheraton National Hotel, prior to the White House Medal of Honor ceremony, posthumously, in ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Washington D.C. (May 16, 2012) - Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford, 23rd Army Chief of Chaplains, delivered the invocation for the Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo.

Transcript:

Almighty God, The heavens tell of your glory, and the expanse declares the work of your hands. We come humbly before you, the creator and sovereign ruler of all the nations of this earth -- and ask your presence with us. Out of an immigrant family you called a son to serve and to give his life for his country and for his fellow Soldiers. In your likeness, Leslie Sabo gave his life for his friends.

We thank you for the millions of Americans who, like Leslie, have not faltered at duty's call. We remember especially those who gave their last full measure. We remember, too, their families left behind to grieve their loss and cherish their memory. Thank you in particular for those who served so steadfastly in Vietnam so long ago.

May your grace uphold Rose Mary. Grant her your comfort. We ask you grant your peace to George and his family.

We ask now your blessing upon all of our service men and women at home and abroad as they support and defend our Constitution. Grant presence and guidance to those who lead our nation. May America ever shine as a beacon of freedom and justice.

And may we always remember our heroes like Leslie Sabo, proven in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved. Bestow upon us now your holy presence in this special place and at this sacred moment.

We ask this and pray in your holy name, Amen

Related Links:

U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

SP 4 Leslie Sabo Jr. MOH site