Most People Missed National Medal Of Honor Day

The Medal Of Honor is the highest and the most prestigious decoration for valor presented to members of our armed forces. But most people are unaware of National Medal Of Honor (MoH) Day.

Congress created National Medal Of Honor Day on Nov. 15, 1990, via Public Law 101-564. The date of March 25 each year was chosen because the first medals were presented on this day in 1863 to six soldiers of Andrew’s Raiders who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase.

President Trump became the first president to honor this day at the White House. In a meeting in the Roosevelt Room with 25 of the 75 living MoH recipients present, he said,

It’s a great tribute to our nation. Each of you has risen above and beyond the call of duty in defense of our country, our people, and our flag. You have poured out your hearts, your sweat, and your tears like few others. And importantly, your blood, for the United States of America. And we thank you very much,”

The Medal of Honor

Is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the United States Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Wikipedia lists 21 different conflicts in which the MoH has been awarded. 19 of them are wars, rebellions, occupations, one battle, and the USS Liberty incidentThe two remaining are “peacetime” and “unknown soldiers”.

There have been a total of 3,515 recipients in all five of our military forces: U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. All but one were men.

Dr. Mary Walker volunteered with the Union Army during the Civil War. Although she received the Medal of Honor from President Andrew Johnson in November, 1865, it was later rescinded in 1917. However, it was restored to her by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

And one more interesting fact: nineteen recipients have honored with the Medal of Honor – twice.

Two excellent resources for information about the Medal of Honor are the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and, of course, Wikipedia.

Because the Medal of Honor is held in such high esteem, Every member of the military, regardless of rank, will salute any known recipient. In other words, this means a general will indeed salute a private.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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