Like all heroes, he didn’t want to talk about it. “It’s all in the past,” he’d say, not wanting to go into the details of his now-famous, against-all-odds, one-man rescue mission. But, when pushed, he’d tell you why he did it and what made him capable of carrying two men on his shoulders while under heavy enemy fire. It wasn’t about appearing on magazine covers or making his mother proud. It wasn’t even about the stars and stripes. It was about the other men in his unit, his brothers in arms, the power of the bond they had formed. “They would have done the same for me,” he’d say.
Today, we salute the strength that comes from that bond with the Dedication Necklace. The dog tag itself is titanium, one of nature’s toughest metals, with a legendary strength-to-weight ratio. Just like our hero, titanium is stronger than it looks because the bond between its atoms is near unbreakable. There’s a reason they make aircraft, armor and spacecraft from this stuff. The titanium tag hangs from a stainless steel rolo link chain, which is more than just decorative. Each link is a circle of stainless steel enclosed around the next in the chain, and so the chain derives its strength from each link being locked into the next. If you believe in the power of teamwork, then celebrate the bonds that enable you to do the extraordinary.