MIRAMAR, calif. - A gleaming F/A-18 Hornet with special white paint pulled up to the main terminal at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as a tribute to two Marines and two sailors who received the nation's highest award, the Medal of Honor.
"I am honored to have had the privilege of bringing this aircraft here," said Gen. James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The specially painted plane carries the names of Marines Jason Dunham and Dakota Meyer, two men decorated for their heroism.
"I see Dakota often," said Amos, "As for the other three, all made the ultimate sacrifice."
The two sailors whose names are on the right side of the aircraft -- Lt. Michael Murphy and Master at Arms Michael Monsoor.-- were both Navy Seals.
The Monsoor family, including a number of grandchildren, came to Miramar for the ceremony.
The plane, which also carries the individual citations as well as the Medal of Honor insignia, will not be a museum piece, but will be part of Miramar's training squadron and an inspiration to new pilots.
"That's my hope that these young aviators will give their very best when their time times," said Lt. Col. R.B. Brodie, the squadron commander.
The plane, which was owned by NASA, was given to the Marine Corps.