MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZE CITIZEN HEROES
Through their Citizen Honors Awards and the Medal of Honor Character Development Program the Recipients educate and inspire Americans to embody the values in the Medal of Honor: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism. To advance these initiatives, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society will also donate six new Medal of Honor Recipient oral histories to the Veterans History Project managed by the Library of Congress later today.
“We are donating these gifts to the Veterans History Project on Medal of Honor Day because we want all Americans to know the sacrifices that have been made on behalf of our nation,” said Kelley. “By donating these oral histories to the Library of Congress, all Americans can access and learn more about those who courageously served America in the Armed Forces,” said Kelley.
The Medal of Honor is the Nation’s highest military honor, presented to Recipients for valor above and beyond the call of duty in combat. President Lincoln signed the Medal of Honor into law in 1861. Since then, 3,496 people have been awarded the Medal. Currently, there are 75 living Recipients Medal of Honor.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:
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 75 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.
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Contact: Eugenia Gardner, 202-390-0405
SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation