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America's Heroes to Honor Civilians for Courage and Service

Sep 03, 2014, 16:14 ET from Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since 2008, Recipients of the Medal of Honor – our nation's highest award for wartime acts of valor – have asked citizens across the nation to nominate unsung citizen heroes to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation's Citizen Honors award.

The Citizen Honors award recognizes Americans who have risked their lives in grave situations to save others or who have made a significant difference in the lives of others through their selfless service.

The 78 living Medal of Honor Recipients believe these hometown heroes have demonstrated the traits that are embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage, sacrifice, integrity, and patriotism.

Citizen honorees are nominated by anyone who thinks someone's courage or service is deserving of recognition. The nomination period opens to the public today and will close on Jan.10, 2015.

Nominees must be U.S. citizens, 18 or older. Two types of awards are given, both of which must have occurred within the last three years: one for a singular act of heroism, the other for a series of acts of long-term selfless service. Nominees who are deceased are eligible for both awards.

To nominate someone you know, visit:

After careful selection by the Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, those chosen for Citizen Honors will receive their awards on National Medal of Honor day on Mar. 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.


The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor Recipients. The Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit with Tax ID #25-1828488.

The Foundation, in conjunction with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, reaches out to the citizens of America, particularly its youth, to promote an awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents and how ordinary Americans through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism can challenge fate and change the course of history.

SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation