Each year, Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest award for wartime acts of valor – reach out across the nation to find unsung citizen heroes. The Citizen Service Before Self Honors program takes nominations each year for hometown heroes who have gone above and beyond for their fellow man in some extraordinary way. After a judging process, a few Citizen Honorees are chosen and awarded at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Medal of Honor Day on March 25th.
This year, four Citizen Honorees were awarded the prestigious award. The ceremony coincided with the 150th anniversary of the first awarding of the Medal of Honor.
New This Year
This year, the Society and Foundation decided to honor the Sandy Hook heroes separately with a ceremony in their hometown in May. Six women who gave their lives trying to protect children when their school was attacked in December, will receive Citizen Honors medals posthumously. All of the teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School who acted bravely to protect children will receive a Certificate of Commendation for their actions.
The Medal of Honor Society’s 80 living Recipients hope the Citizen Honors program helps to recognize and promote the values of courage, sacrifice and selflessness in all Americans. This year, a total of ten Citizen Honors medals will have been awarded, more than any other year.