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Medal of Honor Recipients Recognize Hometown Heroes

Oct 31, 2014, 10:58 ET from Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since 2008, Recipients of the Medal of Honor – our nation's highest award for wartime acts of valor – have recognized local heroes with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society'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 79 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.

Speaking about the Citizen Honors program, Medal of Honor Recipient Drew Dix said, "We've received a lot of honors over our lives and wearing the Medal [of Honor] is the highest of all. We like to turn it around and use this opportunity to recognize citizens that know the significance of sacrifice and courage, they have certainly demonstrated that in their deeds."

Citizen honorees are nominated by Americans everywhere who think an individual's courage or service is deserving of recognition. The nomination period is now open to the public 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:

cmohfoundation.org

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.

ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION

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.

Contact: Taylor Hathorn
703-469-1861
thathorn@cmohfoundation.org

SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation