Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia welcomed home in Batavia

Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia welcomed home in Batavia


to areas and see people that are so kind I never saw this much love and kindness ((MAUREEN/VO)) HE’S A WESTERN NEW YORK HERO. DAVID BELLAVIA SAYS THANK YOU TO THE BIG CROWDS THAT CAME TO SEE HIM. ((MAUREEN/2EAST)) GOOD EVENING — DAVID BELLAVIA IS BACK HOME IN BATAVIA TONIGHT . ((ADAM/2EAST)) BELLAVIA IS THE ONLY LIVING IRAQ WAR VETERAN TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR. OVER THE PAST MONTH, HIS TRAVELS HAVE TAKEN HIM TO THE WHITE HOUSE, AND TO CITIES AND TOWNS ALL OVER THE U-S. KAYLA GREEN REPORTS ON THE CEREMONY IN BATAVIA. ((PKG)) “” (KAYLA) THE ONLY WAY TO DESCRIBE THE FEELING HERE TODAY IS PRIDEFUL- EARLIER THIS PLAZA BEHIND ME WAS FILLED WITH VETERANS AND WESTERN NEW YORKERS WHO SHOWED UP TO SEE DAVID BELLA-VIA RECEIVE THE KEY TO THE CITY. EVERYONE WHO TALKED ABOUT HIM AT THE PRESENTATION TODAY- CALLED HIM HUMBLE AND A TRUE HERO. (SOT) David Bellavia Medal of Honor Recipient 12:35:00 It’s abundantly clear to me that the award is what they hold in reverence and I’m just a custodian of it I don’t consider this to be about your personal anything I remind problem about my unit I remind people about the men who died and gave their lives and about the men and women still on the fight (VO) BELLAVIA SAYS HE DIDNT JOIN THE MILITARY FOR THE AWARDS- OR THE ATTENTION- BUT TO PROTECT AND HONOR OUR COUNTRY. HENRY VALERYCH IS ALSO AN ARMY VETERAN. HE SAYS MEETING BELLAVIA TODAY MEANT THE WORLD TO HIM. (SOT) Henry Valerych Master Sergeant US Army Retired 12:24:26 David is really down to earth person, I was able to go up to him shake his hand salute him shake his hand, he took his medal off and he put it in my hand and I’m choked up just being able to do that and for David to do that is just fantastic (VO) BELLAVIA SAYS IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE ALL THE SUPPORT HE’S BEEN GETTING- AND HE JUST WANTS TO SHARE IT WITH HIS FELLOW VETERANS. (SOT) David Bellavia Medal of Honor Recipient 12:34:07 What I’m trying to do is take that love and shine it to people that don’t hear it and we need to thank every veteran that got this around their neck and appreciate their service to our country (KAYLA) BELLAVIA TALKED A LOT ABOUT HIS TOUR OF THE U-S. HE SAYS HE’S NEVER SEEN SO MUCH KINDNESS AND LOVE- IN SO MANY DIFFERENT PLACES. BUT EVEN THOUGH HE’S ENJOYED TRAVELING THE COUNTRY- HE SAYS COMING BACK HOME AND GETTING SO MUCH SUPPORT HERE IN WESTERN NEW YORK- HAS MEANT THE MOST. ADAM MAUREEN? ((ADAM/1-SH)) THANKS KAYLA- BELLAVIA SAYS HE’LL CONTINUE TRAVELING WITH THE ARMY- AND ALTHOUGH MANY PEOPLE WANT HIM TO RUN FOR CONGRESS HE HAS NO PLANS TO DO THAT ANYTIME SOON. ((MAUREEN/OTS)) FIREFIGHTERS ARE LOOKING INTO THE

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