Mar 07 2012

Signtronix – Proudly Wearing Sijan Wings 2

Published by at 2:19 am under Signtronix

Sijan’s family did not learn of his fate until the surviving prisoners returned in 1973. One of them, Major Robert Craner, nominated Sijan for the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is one of many civic and military honors posthumously bestowed on the young man. As Craner said, “He was what the military hopes it can produce in every man but rarely does.”

In our sales and service oriented business, we frequently talk about honor and dedication. Lance Sijan portrayed both those qualities among many others. The significance of Lance Sijan’s Metal of Honor is rarely spoken of except that it was a great achievement. There are guidelines and requirements for earning a Medal of Honor. It’s not just a feel-good friendly nomination. The official government documentation states: The President may award and present in the name of Congress, a Medal of Honor of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while a member of the Army, Navy or Air Force, distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

It also states the actions of the person receiving the award cannot be performed while he is acting under orders. He must have originated the action himself, and if the recipient had not performed this action other people would not have thought less of him.

That’s a pretty tall order! By definition, Lance Sijan epitomized  & warranted the Medal of Honor. In comparison, the Signtronix Lance P. Sijan Award is also a very tall order. Although not life threatening, it is definitely above and beyond the call of duty. No one is ordering these Signtronix heroes to start a treacherous and intense journey. Each of the Sijan recipients have clearly distinguished himself/herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity.

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