Tuesday, March 23, 2010

National Medal of Honor Day, March 25th

Thursday, March 25, 2010, is National Medal of Honor Day. To commemorate the day I will be reposting articles about two of the honorees that have connections to my family. Please join me in honoring those that have received our nations highest distinction.

If you do not have a connection to a hero in your family please write about a recipient from your hometown or state. You can find the names and citations of those who have received the award at both Home of the Heroes and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, as well as the history of the award. 



JOINT RESOLUTION

To designate March 25, 1991, as `National Medal of Honor Day'.

Whereas 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 their lives above and beyond the call of duty;

Whereas only a few of the millions of men and women who have served the Nation in war, military operations, or other armed conflicts have received the Medal of Honor;

Whereas the 1st Medal of Honor awards were presented to 6 men on March 25, 1863, by the Secretary of War;

Whereas it is appropriate to honor the heroic recipients of the Medal of Honor;

Whereas public awareness of the importance of the Medal of Honor has declined in recent years; and

Whereas the designation of National Medal of Honor Day will focus the efforts of national, State, and local organizations striving to foster public appreciation and recognition of Medal of Honor recipients: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That March 25, 1991, is designated as `National Medal of Honor Day', and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

HJ 652 CPH, 101st CONGRESS, 2d Session, H. J. RES. 652

102d CONGRESS
1st Session
H. J. RES. 370

Designating March 25th of each year as `National Medal of Honor Day'.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 7, 1991

Mr. CHANDLER introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

JOINT RESOLUTION

Designating March 25th of each year as `National Medal of Honor Day'.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That March 25th of each year is designated as `National Medal of Honor Day', and the President is authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

The Library of Congress HJ 370 IH

1 comment:

TetVet68 said...

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America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

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