Amazing America with Sarah Palin has brought a lot of characters into our homes this season. The new Sportsman Channel program has featured sharpshooters, pro wrestlers, pastors, and craftsmen. It’s been unique, funny, interesting, and enjoyable. The season finale of the program however proved to be the most heartfelt.
During the past few months we’ve met several wonderful Americans. Many of the guests won our admiration, whether it be for ingenuity, athletic achievement, entrepreneurship, or philanthropy. Palin’s guest of honor on the finale however earned our admiration for literally protecting all of us. Decorated war hero Dakota Meyer was featured in the episode as he paid a visit to Palin and her family in their beautiful home state.
Five years ago, near the village of Ganjgal in Afghanistan, after hearing of three Marines and a Navy corpsman that went missing, Sgt. Meyer acted. He went into a dangerous area and found the four missing servicemen dead and stripped of their weapons. Under fire, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted. During his search, Meyer also evacuated wounded soldiers and provided cover for dozens of others.
Palin said to open the show:
This country is inhabited with everyday people who go above and beyond to help their fellow man and preserve the freedom that allows each of us to pursue our own dreams. Well, one man in particular has become an American hero. A man who selflessly placed himself in danger to save his fellow comrades. Today I have the great privilege of spending time with one of these exemplary servicemen, Dakota Meyer.
Todd Palin caps off the emotional day by taking Meyer on a little plane ride over beautiful Alaska. The Palins’ eldest son Track, also a veteran, went along for the ride while Governor Palin waved to the guys from the ground.
May they rest in peace. Their names and heroism will live on through their friend, reluctant hero Dakota Meyer. (For more on FTWGA visit http://ftwga.com/).
“Getting to know Dakota Meyer reminded me that many of the folks that we consider to be heroes are really just like you and me,” said Palin. “What drives people to put themselves in danger’s way, to go the extra mile for their fellow man? I’m not sure, but it’s safe to say that we’re all thankful that they do.”