By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
This is a sad day in one very specific way: effective today, we come to the end of our daily biographies of Medal of Honor recipients. We have run, alphabetically, through all 109 living recipients -- and it has been an honor to publish their stories here. They are all contained in a book, which I highly recommend -- a copy of which is proudly displayed in my office and in my home. Serving these men on the board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Foundation continues to be one of the most rewarding tasks I've ever undertaken. And starting November 5th on Nightly News, we will profile five individual recipients -- one per evening -- as part of our observance of Veteran's Day. I can promise you some inspiring stories, as we look at these men who embody the ideals of valor, courage, sacrifice and patriotism. They are the best of us.
An exciting in-house note: today for the first time we saw the test-shots of our new studio, part of our new world headquarters here at 30 Rock. Nightly News is getting ready for a beautiful new home and a new look, starting next Monday night. We'll post a video preview in this space shortly -- but wait till you see what our director Brett Holey has been working so hard on for so long. While a facility per se has no bearing on the content of the newscast, our new home is so spectacular that I actually think it will affect the tone and feel of the broadcast in ways we can't yet anticipate… and all for the better. It's a beautiful new home.
We have a great broadcast planned for tonight, including the unforgettable story of this country's latest Medal of Honor recipient -- the first to be awarded for combat in Afghanistan. I hope you can join us this evening.