On July 13, 2019, Disneyland Resort honored David Bellavia Medal of Honor Recipient, the nation’s only living Iraqi War Veteran to receive the Medal of Honor during the daily flag retreat ceremony. Bellavia received the nation’s highest military award last month for his heroic actions.
A senior mechanical engineer at the Disneyland Resort and a SALUTE BERG member, Jason Kolons, stated “David is a hero. Thanking him for his service and giving him one of our SALUTE pins was an honor. A lot of the other veterans at the flag retreat ceremony were excited to see David and say ‘thank you’ as well.”
Disney Ambassador Rafa Barron presented David Bellavia Medal of Honor Recipient following the flag retreat ceremony with a certificate proclaiming him an “Honorary Citizen of the Disneyland Resort”. According to the Disney Parks Blog, also in attendance was SALUTE, the business-employee resource group (BERG) at the Disneyland Resort that provides veterans with a supportive cast network and resources for development as they transition into civilian life.
Following the ceremony Bellavia made the statement, “This is a very patriotic ceremony, and I’m impressed with the way the Disneyland Resort has treated me and out veterans who have served in other generations across all branches of the military. This is my first time at Disneyland, and the cast members are very friendly and kind. There are smiles everywhere!”
We thank you for your service David Bellavia Medal of Honor Recipient.
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