Medal of Honor Day is commemorated every March 25th as a tribute to the first medal of honor awards presented on March 25, 1863.
The award was created in 1861 and the first recipients were six members of “Andrew’s Raiders.” Then Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, presented the soldiers with Medals of Honor for their heroism during a raid in April of 1862.
To date, there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor presented to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coast guardsmen. It is the highest honor given to individuals for valor in combat. Medal of Honor recipients are the only ones
the President salutes as a matter of custom.
The Medal of Honor is the only award that is worn around the neck and it is not given lightly. Our movie theaters are full of movies about super heroes, but our Medal of Honor winners are real-life super heroes and we honor them today.
Take a few minutes today and join us in remembering our Medal of Honor winners. Their acts of valor should not be forgotten.