Today is: National Medal of Honor Day
National Medal of Honor Day is dedicated to the recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration in the United States and the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President. Presidents usually present it to the recipient at a formal ceremony, and if it is being given posthumously, it is presented to the primary next of kin. It is also known as the Congressional Medal of Honor because it is presented "in the name of the Congress."
Rep. Rod Chandler (R-WA) introduced a resolution for National Medal of Honor Day in September 1990. It outlined reasons for the day, saying "it is appropriate to honor the heroic recipients of the Medal of Honor" and "public awareness of the importance of the Medal of Honor has declined in recent years."
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