The United States Congress has designated March 25th of
each year as NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor
recipients. (Public Law 101-564) Conceived in the State of Washington, this
holiday should be one of our most revered. Unfortunately all too many
Americans are not even aware of its existence.
WHY MARCH 25th?
The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was
on March 25 (1863) that the first Medals of Honor were presented...to six
members of Andrews' Raiders. If you haven't read the story you can
follow...[this link] THE FIRST
to read about that historic day.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
National Medal of Honor day is celebrated in some communities, however for the
most part the occasion comes and goes with little notice. As a patriotic
American there are a few things YOU can do to commemorate this day:
- FLY YOUR FLAG with pride and patriotism on
- REMEMBER OUR HEROES. As a gesture of your
appreciation, why not take just a few moments in the week prior to National
Medal of Honor Day to mail a "Thank You" card to one of our living
Medal of Honor recipients. You can find a list of the living as well as information
on writing to them among the pages of this site.
- INFORM YOUR LOCAL MEDIA. Most newspapers aren't
even aware that this special day exists. Why not tip your local media to the
occasion. Before you do, check out our database for Medal of Honor recipients
from your city and state as well as any who might be buried in your city. This
information can give your media a "local angle" that can increase the
probability that they will consider doing a story to remind Americans of our
- Consider doing something in your local schools, or even
on a civic level, if there is a Medal of Honor recipient living near your
location. Visit our site on SCHOOL IDEAS for more information on school
- If there is a Medal of Honor recipient buried in your
home town, get a school class, scout troop, or other youth organization to
"adopt a grave site". You can read in our SCHOOL IDEAS pages how one
school in Pueblo has used just such a program as a part of their Social Studies
***You should also notice I post Medal of Honor Recipients a couple times per week on the right-hand margin of this blog.