ARLINGTON, Va., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Americans commemorate the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces this Memorial Day, America's 76 living Medal of Honor Recipients requested today that citizens across the Nation nominate local heroes to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's 2017 Citizen Honors Awards. The awards, sponsored by The Boeing Company, will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on National Medal of Honor Day, Saturday, March 25, 2017.
"For nine years, my fellow Recipients and I have recognized citizens from across the country for their acts of courage and selfless service," said Tom Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Society. "It's a privilege for us to identify and recognize the citizen heroes of our Nation with our Citizens Honors Awards as we also honor all who have served in uniform."
The Society created the Citizen Honors Awards in 2008 to recognize Americans who demonstrate the values embodied in the Medal of Honor. Each year, the Society presents five awards to outstanding Americans: two for acts of courage, one for an act of selfless service, one to a young hero under the age of 18 and one to a community-based organization for supporting our Nation's service members.
Medal of Honor Recipients carefully review all nominations. Citizen Honors nomination applications, available at www.themedalofhonor.com, will be accepted until November 20, 2016.
The top 20 finalists will be announced on December 1, 2016, and the winners will be announced on December 15, 2016.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor Recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 76 living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation:
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488, the Foundation carries a rating of 4/4 stars for fiscal management, accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America's premiere nonprofit evaluator.
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