Monday, March 24, 2008

Honor Our Heroes

Last March Congress unanimously voted to designate March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day.

"The Medal of Honor is presented when "a member of the Armed Forces, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of The United States; ..." (read more)

March 25 was chosen because on that date in 1863 Andrews Raiders received the first Medals of Honor for their actions in the Civil War.

Recipients include a President, members of all services, a woman, foreign-born soldiers, Buffalo Bill Cody and more. Nineteen recipients have received the medal twice.

To see the names of the recipients and the story that earned the medal, check here.

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1 comment:

Garry said...

Excellent post, Vicki. My flag is hanging out front today in memory of these heroes. Thanks!