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Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady

For his vision and leadership in the Citizens Flag Alliance's campaign to return to the American people the right to protect their flag, Brady received the Legion's Distinguished Service Medal in 2006.

"Our nation is secure from any external threat," Brady told convention delegates. "The true threat is internal. And it comes from an elite of counterfeit patriots who ... were raised on a different playing field than we were. They never saw a battlefield. They will never sacrifice life or limb for America. In fact, they don't believe in sacrifice."

He continued, "Our flag is the vault for the values they despise. It's the symbol of our soul, our honor, our dignity and our unity. It's the glue that holds us together against all the forces that seek to tear us from each other."

Brady served 34 years in the Army, from 1959 to 1993, including two tours in Vietnam. As an air ambulance pilot, he is thought to have evacuated more wounded from the battlefield than anyone in history - over 5,000. For utilizing three helicopters to evacuate 51 severely wounded men on Jan. 6, 1968, under repeated enemy fire, he received the Medal of Honor from President Nixon.

Since his retirement, Brady has supported various service organizations, including The American Legion. He is chairman of the Citizens Flag Alliance.

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