A man who won the nation's highest military award for valor spent the day in Knoxville.
Walter "Joe" Marm, Jr. was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions "above the call" in Vietnam. The retired Army Colonel single-handedly attacked the enemy and used himself as a target for machine gun fire before he was severely wounded. The movie "We Were Soldiers" centers around this battle.
Wednesday, Marm spoke to students at the Episcopal School of Knoxville, and he hopes they learn from his experiences.
"We can continue to be the greatest country in the world, because of them, our future, without their help, we may fall on hard times.
And we're a great country, because of their moms and dads.
And the future that their going to show for us, and before us," said Marm.
Marm was also honored at the annual In the Company of Heroes luncheon at the Cherokee Country Club.
He says it's touching to see the support, at events like the luncheon.
"It's a very moving experience. I know other recipients have been here in other years. And it's very humbling to be here in front of 300 of your finest citizens," said Marm.
The National Medal of Honor Convention will be held in Knoxville next year.