Almost six months ago, an explosion from an improvised explosive device ripped off Senior Airman Michael Malarsie's body armor, destroyed his left eye and left him floating in a river near Kandahar, Afghanistan. But even after losing his eye, Malarsie says he has no regrets about joining the military. "I would not change a single thing," Malarsie told an audience of thousands at the Freedom Festival's annual Patriotic Service Sunday. "There have been so many blessings in my life since everything happened," he said. "It's been truly amazing." Met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation, Malarsie's story was one of several told at the fireside, held at BYU's Marriott Center, just a week before Independence Day. Pro Football Hall of Famer and former BYU great Steve Young, who introduced Malarsie, spoke to the audience about service, while other participants delivered messages through music. In a time of changing values, service to others is essential, Young said.
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