Lets face it, what makes a person a hero isn't the medals. It's in the knowledge that they did right. A hero doesn't need recognition for what they did. Generally a "Thank you" is all they need.
On that note: A hearty Thank you to all those who are serving and have served to protect liberty.
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson