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Medal of Honor Day 2021
Did you know that the first Medals of Honor were awarded on March 25, 1863? When Congress passed a resolution in 1990 establishing National Medal of Honor Day, March 25th became the official nationwide holiday honoring the medal and its recipients.
In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will observe a moment of silence at 3:25 p.m. in honor of the special day and joins the people of South Carolina and Americans across the country in celebrating the achievements of our nation’s finest heroes.
The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be presented by the President, in the name of Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves on the battlefield and demonstrated courage above and beyond the call of duty. To date, the Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,507 recipients. Today, there are 69 living recipients of the Medal.
Patriots Point encourages the Lowcountry community to show their appreciation for the heroes who have served our nation with distinction by visiting the Medal of Honor museum at Patriots Point. Residents are also encouraged to:
- Fly the American Flag with pride and patriotism on this day.
- Take a few moments to mail a “Thank You” card to a living Medal of Honor recipient. You can find a list of the living, as well as contact information on the Medal of Honor Society’s website www.cmohs.org.
On Thursday, March 25 at 3:25 p.m., a celebration is planned for National Medal of Honor Day at the Pavilion at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, Mount Pleasant, S.C. MOH Recipient MajGen. James E. Livingston USMC (Ret) will be the featured speaker. If you’d like to attend, you’re asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected]