They are the shadowy warriors of the raid that killed : two dozen members of the Navy SEALs and one special canine with courage who stormed the fortified compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding. Their identities will probably never be known; their faces will most likely never appear in photographs at the White House, on magazine covers or on television talk shows.
But on Friday,flew to an Army air base to thank them, behind closed doors, for what he called a “job well done,” describing it as one of the greatest military and intelligence operations in American history.
During the meeting with the Seal team Mr. Obama awarded it and other units involved in the operation with a Presidential Unit Citation. Describing the SEAL commandos as “battle hardened” and tirelessly trained, Mr. Obama said,
When I gave the order, they were ready. And in recent days, the world has learned just how ready they were.
One special member of the SEAL team couldn’t speak, but instead was able to communicate his joy by wagging his tail and smiling as he stood next to his handler during the ceremony while they were awarded a special citation for serving their country with honor and distinction.
Guardians of the Night
Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade.
I will protect you with my last breath.
When all others have left you
And the loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all obstacles
And search out those who might wish harm to others.
All I ask of you is compassion,
The caring touch of your hands.
It is for you that I will selflessly give my life And spend my nights un rested.
Although our days together
May be marked by the passing of the seasons.
Know that each day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by
The coming and going of your footsteps.
I anticipate them at the opening of the door.
You are the voice of caring when I am ill.
The voice of authority over me when I’ve done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly
For I am your right arm,
The sword at your side.
I attempt to do only what you bid of me.
I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.
Together you and I shall experience
A bond only others like you will understand.
When outsiders see us together
Their envy will be measured by their disdain.
I will quietly listen to you
And pass no judgment.
Nor will your spoken words be repeated.
I will remain ever silent,
Ever vigilant, ever loyal.
And when our time together is done
And you move on in the world,
Remember me with kind thoughts and tales.
For a time we were unbeatable,
Nothing passed among us undetected.
If we should ever meet again on another field I will gladly take up your fight.
I am a Police Working Dog and together
We are GUARDIANS of the NIGHT.