The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor. Many people have asked why the Unknowns buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier have the Medal of Honor awarded to them?
The easy answer is that, they gave everything for our country, including their identity and our country has honored them for their sacrifice with the Medal of Honor as a small token of our appreciation.
March 25 is National Medal of Honor Day, it is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients.
It was on March 25, 1863, when the first Medals of Honor were presented. Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862.
Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is awarded only to US military personnel, by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
There are three versions of the Medal of Honor; one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force, with personnel of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receiving the Navy version.
Since its creation, there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen.
Today members of the Medal of Honor society visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and laid a wreath to honor their fallen and missing brothers from past wars.
There is a private room above the memorial amphitheater that is called the Hall of Honor, listed there is all 3,468 names of the heroic recipients of the Medal of Honor.
If you ever get the chance to meet one of these heroes, you will definitely want too.
They are real super heroes and they live among us, quietly living in our own neighborhoods carrying the heavy burden of freedom upon their shoulders.
Be sure to use the #MedalofHonorDay sometime today on social media!
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Ethan Morse, Badge #548
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2005-2006)