National Medal of Honor Day
National Medal of Honor Day is observed next on Monday, March 25th, 2024 (177 days from today).
National Medal of Honor Day is celebrated annually on March 25, to honor the bravery of the bravest servicemen and women in the United States military. Awarded by the President of the United States, only military members who have passed and exceeded their call to enlistment receive this honor. In fact, there are three different versions of the Medal of Honor for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, although Coast Guard and Marine members are also eligible to receive the Navy version.
History of National Medal of Honor Day
Above and beyond, the decision to serve in the military deserves all the accolades we will bestow. After all, it was these brave men who secured and still defend the liberties that we so clearly tend to love throughout this country, something we often take for granted. Today, we're going to re-examine the history of the award for the higher honorees who have won it.
Although the first request for courage was submitted in 1861, at the start of the war, the commander-in-chief rejected the offer on the grounds that a commendation of bravery merely measured European over-measurement. Since his retirement in late 1861, the Navy changed to the concept for its branch, and so the Navy quickly ordered nearly 200 medals from the foundry in the English City of Love.
After Lincoln approved the U.S. Navy honorary title in December 1861, the U.S. Army Honorary title was approved but a year later. It was in 1863, during the war, that the main title of Honor was awarded. A group of Confederate scammers recently destroyed Confederate railroads and vital transportation in Tennessee and Georgia - these six men became the main award recipients.
During the war, 400 Medals of Honor awarded so far have been distributed. During this time, the principal blacks receiving the title of Honor were assigned; sixteen Navy and sixteen Army soldiers were honored for his or her bravery during the war. The only girl ever awarded the title of Honor was Virgin Mary Edwards Walker, the United Nations agency that served throughout the war as a sawbones in the Army.
The Army title was implemented according to a planning method in 1904, but otherwise remained largely unchanged for most of its existence. In 1917, the 911 recipients, along with the promoters, had their medals canceled because they were improperly awarded. In 1977, AN began investigating the act, and thus the title was improved to promoter and 4 different civilian scouts in 1989.
However, other branches of the military were also selected, only some of which were effective. The Air Force with success created their version of the Honor Award which was officially adopted on April 14, 1965, once licensed in 1960. A similar honor goes to the Police was selected in 1963, the ac colade was not awarded. Finally, Trump presented the title of Honor to Sergeant Matthew O. Williams, for conspicuous acts of bravery in 2008.
Why National Medal of Honor Day?
On March 25, 1863, the Secretary, Edwin, awarded the Grand Medal of Honor to 6 members of the "Andrews Raiders" in recognition of them during the American raid of April 1862.
Created in 1861, the decoration of the Honor is us in the highest military honor of the United States. It is presented only by the President of the United States to U.S. service members in the name of Congress for private acts of bravery in determining service.
There are three versions of the Honor decoration; one for the military, one for the Navy, and one for the Air Force, with Marines and thus Coast Guard personnel getting the Navy version.
Since its founding, 3,468 Medals of Honor have been awarded to the country's servicemen, sailors, pilots, marines and coastguards.
There were medals awarded at the time as a precursor to MoH. These were accompanied by the Medal of Loyalty awarded in the late 1700s to just 3 people involved in the arrest of a spy linked to Benedict Arnold; another predecessor of the MoH was the Washington Martyrs' Army Badge. The final "Proto-MoH" was the laurel wreath of valor, approved by President Lincoln in 1861.
In 1862, the Army laurel was created as a result of a resolution introduced by the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, legislator Henry Wilson. In 1915, members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard were licensed to receive the Laurel of Honor, and by the mid-1960s, the US Air Force also had a version of the MoH.
Some Facts on National Medal of Honor Day
National Medal of Honor Day looks forward to being more widely recognized and celebrated. Below are some truths you do not know:
- Fly your flag. Show your pride and patriotism by flying the flag on National Medal of Honor Day.
- Remember our heroes. As an act of your appreciation, why not take a few minutes the week before National Honor Day to mail a "Thank You" card to one of the remaining Medal of Honor recipients.
- Notify your local media. Most newspapers don't even know that this special day exists. Why not showcase your local media for the occasion. Before doing, do not forget to check out the recipients of Medal of Honor from the city and state as well as anyone who may be buried in your city. This information can give your media a “local perspective” that may increase the likelihood that they will consider making a story to remind Americans of our heroes.
- Consider doing something at your local schools, or even at the civic level, if there are Medal of Honor recipients living near you.
Celebrating National Medal of Honor Day
- Education about military service
There are countless books, documentaries, articles, movies and more that will share deeper insights into the history of the Medal of Honor and other military honors. To appreciate what the brave men and women who have gone before us have sacrificed, and to understand more about the country we call home, take a moment to educate yourself.
- Remember America's Heroes
Taking the time to contact a veteran or military member, volunteering or donating to an organization that supports those in the military, or writing a letter to a living Medal of Honor recipient will always be greatly appreciated. Although it may have been many years since someone served, our military still deserves praise for what they have done.
Medal of Honor recipients went above and beyond to defend our country, and the freedom we all enjoy. Today is a great day to feel especially proud of the United States, so hold that flag high!
ObservedNational Medal of Honor Day has been observed annually on March 25th.
Friday, March 25th, 2022
Saturday, March 25th, 2023
Monday, March 25th, 2024
Tuesday, March 25th, 2025
Wednesday, March 25th, 2026
President George H. W. Bush on November 15th, 1990