DefenseLink News Article: Medal of Honor Heroes Set the Standard, England Says
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – Medal of Honor recipients are heroes, despite their many humble objections to the label, and are important to the fabric of our society, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told those gathered yesterday to celebrate the official naming of March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day. Congress this month designated March 25 each year as National Medal of Honor Day. The day is significant as the day the first Medal of Honor was presented in 1863. ......... Since 1863, 3,444 servicemembers have received the nation's highest military honor for courage under fire. There are 112 recipients living today.It is more than past time that they had a Day of their own. I've been privileged enough to know a MOH recipient personally, growing up with his kids, once ferrying him down Main Street at the head of the Independence Day celebration here in town. Remember that, Shawny?