Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, a North Dakota soldier awarded the Medal of Honor in February, issued a statement Monday on the award given to Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who survived the same battle that killed eight other soldiers in 2009.

Romesha, of Minot, was unable to attend Monday’s ceremony at the White House because of an earlier commitment to a benefit dinner for homeless veterans in California, the National Guard said.

Romesha’s statement said the award to Carter “is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices and heroism of all of the soldiers that have served in the global war on terrorism.

“The battle at Combat Outpost Keating on Oct. 3, 2009, cost the lives of eight of my fellow soldiers and wounded several others,” the statement said. “I will never forget their selfless acts of heroism and teamwork by our entire unit that day; I am proud of all of them. I will continue to grieve with the families of these soldiers and honor their memories.”