Here are 4 ways to raise awareness of the National Medal of Honor.
Posted in , Mar 22, 2016
The highest military honor in the country is the National Medal of Honor. It’s awarded on March 25, as designated by Congress, and is the only award that is worn from a ribbon hung around the neck and presented by the president.
To date, there has only been one Medal of Honor awarded to a woman, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a surgeon during the Civil War. However, Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Jay Vargas was predeceased by his mother and requested that her name be engraved on the medal, a request that President Nixon honored. So there are two women’s names on the honor roll.
The first medal was awarded in 1862, and the medal has been awarded during every conflict since. It’s unfortunate that this day is rarely celebrated, but we can work together to change that. Here are some ways to spread the word:
1) Fly your flag on that day and share with those you meet what you’re celebrating.
2) Share the celebration on social media. It’s a great way to let those who’ve served know that we appreciate their sacrifice.
3) Check your local cemeteries to see if there is a Medal of Honor recipient buried nearby, then organize a local group to lay flowers on the gravesite.
4) Offer to visit your local school and talk about this day. There are amazing stories about every single recipient and how they earned this honor.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Museum is located in Charleston, SC, aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown. You can find listings of all those who have received this award here.