WBEN Covers Bellavia Medal of Honor Ceremony LIVE

Coverage begins today with Pentagon roundtable

Tom Puckett
June 24, 2019 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) WBEN is privileged to bring you coverage of David Bellavia's Medal of Honor ceremony Tuesday. Our coverage begins today.

"David will be partaking in a media roundtable at the Pentagon. David will be there speaking with members of the unit he served with in Fallujah. He'll be addressing what went happened, and it will be very emotional," says WBEN's Tim Wenger who is on the ground in DC along with WBEN's Susan Rose. "David will then talk one on one with  Rose, and you'll hear that on Tuesday morning."

Bellavia is excited about meeting up with his fellow infantrymen. "I think most of them would go just to hang out again. Life takes you in different directions. I haven't seen a lot of these guys in 15 years. The army, wars, and life take over," says Bellavia. "I'm not going to have a lot of time to hang out with them, but I'm looking forward to that."

Bellavia has one request. "I don't want our unit or that year in Iraq to be taken over by what happened in Fallujah. There were battles all over Iraq, and there are stories all across that are incredible. I think this has received attention, but it's not the only story from Iraq," says Bellavia.

He admits he's also nervous about one element: the about face movement. "You do facing movements in drill and ceremony, and you're doing it in a platoon and you screwup, it's not a big deal. But when you do a facing movement in front of the president of the United States, to do it on national televison, I don't want to screw it up and embarrass anyone," says Bellavia.

As for the ceremony itself, "the president will put the medal around David's neck, and that's the moment everyone will be waiting for," says Wenger. You'll be able to hear it live on WBEN and see streaming video at wben.com starting at 3pm Tuesday.

WBEN's Tim Wenger Susan Rose and Mike Baggerman will be inside the White House for the Medal of Honor ceremony and complete coverage will continue LIVE from Washington Wednesday morning as "A New Morning" originates from DC.


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