Medal of Honor Recipients Recognize Citizen Heroes

ARLINGTON, Va., March 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Medal of Honor Recipients commemorated National Medal of Honor Day with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery today. Afterwards, the Recipients presented their 2017 Citizen Honors Awards to five outstanding Americans and the Fisher House Foundation.

“On National Medal of Honor Day {we have been} humbled to lead {the country} in recognizing {anyone who has} sacrificed and honorably fought {to guard} our freedom,” said Tom Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

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“{We’ve} heroes {in our midst} everyday wherever we live,” added Kelley. “Our Citizen Honors recipients set {a significant} example {for several} Americans to emulate through their courage and service that help strengthen our communities and Nation.”

The Citizen Honors Award {may be the} Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s highest award. The awards presentation {happened} at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

The 2017 Citizen Honors recipients are:

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 {may also} donate six new Medal of Honor Recipient oral histories to the Veterans History Project managed by the Library of Congress later today.

“{We have been} donating these gifts to the Veterans History Project on Medal of Honor Day because {we wish} all Americans {to learn} the sacrifices {which have been} made {with respect to} our nation,” said Kelley. “By donating these oral histories to the Library of Congress, all Americans can access and {find out about} {those that} courageously served America in the {MILITARY},” said Kelley.

The Medal of Honor {may be the} Nation’s highest military honor, presented to Recipients for valor {far beyond} {the decision} of duty in combat. President Lincoln signed the Medal of Honor into law in 1861. {Since that time}, 3,496 {folks have} been awarded the Medal. Currently, {you can find} 75 living Recipients Medal of Honor.

For {more info} {concerning the} Citizen Honors Award or the Medal of Honor {and its own} Recipients, {go to the} Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation website at

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 {to produce a} brotherhood {on the list of} living Medal of Honor recipients, {to safeguard} and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, {to market} patriotism and love of country, {also to} inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively {of these} individuals {who’ve} received the Medal of Honor. Today, {you can find} 75 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society {is exclusive} {for the reason that} its membership hopes that {you will see} {you don’t 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 {in line with the} values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — {the building blocks} teaches all citizens {they can} {change lives} in the lives of others. {THE BUILDING BLOCKS} also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488, {the building blocks} {posesses} 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

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