National Medal of Honor Day

National Medal of Honor Day is a special day celebrated annually on March 25th to honor those brave men and women who have been awarded the highest military honor of the United States, the Medal of Honor. This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of valor and heroism in the face of adversity while serving in the US armed forces.

The Medal of Honor was first established by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in 1861. Since then, over 3,500 individuals have been awarded this prestigious medal for their service to the country. The medal recognizes actions that go above and beyond the call of duty, often in life-threatening situations.

On National Medal of Honor Day, Americans are encouraged to recognize and honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor for their selfless acts of bravery and sacrifice. It is a day to reflect on the extraordinary sacrifices made by these individuals and their families and to express gratitude for their service to our country.

Many events are held on National Medal of Honor Day to commemorate the occasion, including ceremonies at military installations and veterans’ organizations. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society also holds an annual convention around this time to recognize and honor Medal of Honor recipients.

National Medal of Honor Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served our country with distinction and honor. It serves as a reminder of the bravery and selflessness of our military members and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. As we celebrate this day, let us remember the words of President John F. Kennedy, who said, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”