Every day in this country, ordinary Americans become extraordinary.

It can happen in a single instance of bravery – or through continued service to others. These acts of courage and self-sacrifice symbolize the American spirit and are recognized every year by our nation’s greatest heroes.

Each year a nationwide search is conducted which selects five United States citizens and one organization to receive the Citizen Honors awards. The honorees receive this award from a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words courage and selfless service — the living members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. These brave Americans have received the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor performed during wartime and present the Citizen Honors awards to Americans who are showing courage and dedicating themselves to service here at home.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards are due by November 1, 2019.

OUR SELECTION PROCESS

A panel assembled by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society will consider all nominations and select national finalists. A second panel made up exclusively of Medal of Honor Recipients will select individuals and organizations from those finalists to receive the Citizen Honors Award.

For questions or more information, email info@cmohs.org or call 843-884-8862.

Categories

SINGLE ACT OF HEROISM AWARD

Recognizes Americans who accomplish extraordinary feats of heroism by risking their lives for the benefit of others in a dire situation.

SERVICE ACT AWARD

Recognizes Americans who consistently place others before
themselves through volunteer service.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Recognizes a community-based organization for its exceptional impact or mission in supporting our nation’s military service members and families.

 

TIMELINE FOR CITIZEN HONORS

 

2020 AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2020 AWARD NOMINATIONS CLOSE:

Friday, November 1, 2019

 

YOUNG HERO AWARD

Recognizes young Americans age 8-17 for their courage in a dire situation.

YOUTH SERVICE AWARD

Recognizes young Americans age 8-17 for placing others before themselves through volunteer service.

 

 

 

CITIZEN HONORS VALOR AWARDS CEREMONY:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CITIZEN HONORS SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY:

Fall 2020

WHO CAN NOMINATE

Anyone who is aware of a fellow citizen, neighbor, co-worker, etc. who deserves recognition for extraordinary acts of courage or service. Self-nominations for individual awards will not be accepted.

WHO CAN BE NOMINATED

Any United States civilian who, through a singular act of extraordinary heroism or through a prolonged series of selfless acts, clearly demonstrated a willingness to place his or her own life at risk for others or has dedicated themselves to the service of others. In all cases, the actions being honored must epitomize the concept of “service above self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional or vocational area of responsibility or conduct. Young Americans aged 8-17 can be nominated for their courage or dedication to service. Community organizations can be nominated for their exceptional impact or mission in supporting our nation’s military service members and families.

Please note: Individual nominees who are deceased are eligible. Nominees must be a U.S citizen. A singular act of heroism must have occurred within the last three years. A series of acts of long-term selfless service must have been performed within the last three years. Community organizations must be certified non-profits and must currently be in operation. Government and government-affiliated organizations are not eligible.

2018 CITIZEN HONORS FINALISTS

SINGLE ACTS OF HEROISM

KEVIN CHITWOOD

Louisville, KY

STEPHEN WILLEFORD

Sutherland Springs, TX

TAYLOR WINSTON

Las Vegas, NV

 

 

SERVICE ACTS

ARJUN MAINALI

Hicksville, NY

DIANE STARZAK

Oakpark, CA

JIM MCINGVALE

Houston, TX

LISA KLEIN

Oakland, CA

PATRICIA BAISDEN

Forest Park, GA

YOUNG HERO AWARDS

CHARLIE FINLAYSON

Eagle, ID

MACY COULTER

Grand Junction, CO

MARCUS ELIASON

Flagstaff, AZ

MELINA RAYNE LAKEY

Anderson, IN

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE HERO AWARD

BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT

Asheville, NC

GOLD STAR TEEN ADVENTURES

Fayetteville, NC

OPERATION GRATITUDE

Chatsworth, CA

THE MISSION CONTINUES

St. Louis, MI