Ritenour Inducts National Military Hero into Hall of Fame
The Ritenour School District inducted Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, a nationally-recognized war hero and 2001 graduate of Ritenour High School, into the Ritenour Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 15. The ceremony was held in the Ritenour High School Auditorium.
Remsburg, a former U.S. Army Ranger, is known nationwide as one of the many faces of United States wounded warriors. After sustaining a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan in October 2009, Remsburg has made a remarkable recovery through hard work, perseverance and the support of his family.
"The last eight years have been challenging," said Remsburg during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, "But nothing in life that's worth anything is easy...It can be hard for me to speak, but I still have a voice. And I'll keep raising my voice for veterans. It can be a struggle to get my footing, but I can still stand. And I'll keep standing up for wounded warriors and the care they deserve."
Remsburg was a guest of former President Barack Obama at the annual State of the Union Address in 2014, where he received the longest standing ovation of the evening. Remsburg has met Obama on multiple occasions, and Obama wrote a special surprise letter to him for his induction into the Ritenour Hall of Fame. The letter was presented and read aloud at the ceremony by former President Obama's speechwriter Terence Szuplat. Read the letter here. Throughout his recovery, Remsburg has been followed closely in features by the national media.
After graduating from Ritenour High School, Remsburg became a member of the elite U.S. Army Ranger military unit. He deployed 10 times during the Global War on Terrorism and was critically injured in October 2009. Some of the many awards Remsburg has earned include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Throughout his long journey to recovery, Remsburg has been a symbol of hope and courage for other injured veterans and everyone he meets. He actively participates in local, state, national and international events, inspiring others to “keep pushing on” when challenged by personal events.
Remsburg currently lives with his service dog, Leo, in a house built specifically to meet his special needs and is not far from his family in Gilbert, Ariz.
The Ritenour Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor graduates who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, civic involvement and community service. The portraits of Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement honorees are displayed in the lobby of the Ritenour Auditorium.