I have just one short comment to make, before we wrap up. Basically, it seems to me that we have an ethical dilemma on our hands, a conflict of values, if you will. I would like to hear what you think about that.
We have a government that awards medals to soldiers who participated in missions and performed exceptionally well. Therefore, worthy soldiers are rewarded with medals.
On the one hand, you're saying that the medal belongs to you and that you can dispose of it as you see fit, since you took part in a military mission and risked your life. To reward you for your efforts, the government awarded you a medal. On the other hand, the government is saying that the medal awarded to you is heritage property. It's memorabilia. It's cultural property that's part of history.
I have only one question. You have received several medals. When you received them, did you feel that they were awarded to you without any restrictions whatsoever, or rather that the medals given to you were a symbol of the country and, in a way, belonged to it? How do soldiers feel when they receive a medal? Do you understand what I mean? That is the dilemma we are facing.
Let's forget about the medals for a moment. If I'm given something, that something belongs to me. It's mine. The argument here seems to be that, when it comes to medals, things are different, since they are part of history and heritage. You're saying that things are not necessarily different, since the medals belong to you.
So, I would like to know how you felt when you received those medals.