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National Medal of Honor Day
The National Medal of Honor day is officially observed on March 25th of each year. The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President, in the name of the Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of lives above and beyond the call of duty. This day should be one of our most revered. Unfortunately, all too many Americans are not even aware of its existence. For the most part the occasion comes and goes with little notice.
The date of March 25th was chosen because the first Medal of Honors were awarded to members of Andrew’s Raiders on March 25, 1863, for their action during the “Great Locomotive Chase”.
As a patriotic American there are a few things you can do to commemorate this day.
. Fly your flag with pride and patriotism on this day.
. Check out a local museum The 45th Infantry Division in Oklahoma City and The General Tommy Franks Museum both pay tribute to the Medal of Honor and the recipients.
.Websites Home of Heroes and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society websites are loaded with information on the Medal of Honor and the recipients past and present.
National Medal of Honor Day is not a celebration; it is a solemn time to reflect on the freedom we enjoy and the price that is paid for that freedom. President John F. Kennedy stated “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”