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Dakota Meyer to receive warm welcome home

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GREENSBURG, Ky. (WDRB)--The Kentucky Marine who received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon Friday.

The Cow Days Festival is an annual tradition in Greensburg, Kentucky, where Dakota Meyer played football in high school.

"The original Cow Days Festival was where people would actually bring their livestock to town to trade," said Walt Parrott, a friend of Meyer. Now, the only sign of beef is on the grill. Vendors have set up along Main Street with arts and crafts, and tempting food, but this year you will notice a touch of patriotism everywhere you look. The American Flag is everywhere to welcome home a hero. "The center stage is Dakota," said Parrott.

The stage is literally set for him -- "welcome home" banner and all. Meyer saved 36 lives in combat in Afghanistan, repeatedly braving enemy fire to retrieve four bodies.

The 23-year-old was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama, and inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. Saturday he will be honored again as the grand marshal for the Cow Days Parade. "They're gonna go crazy, they're gonna yell and scream," said Parrott.

Governor Beshear, Senator Mitch McConnell, and other local and state leaders will be there for the welcome.

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