Annual Event to Connect Recipients and the Public to the Medal's Historical Significance in Gettysburg, Sept. 18-22
GETTYSBURG, Pa., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert J. Monahan, Jr., president and CEO of the 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention, says the history and significance of Gettysburg will set the stage for a reflective convention for Medal of Honor recipients and the public alike. In a recent interview with Chuck Conconi for Qorvis' Focus Washington, Monahan discussed the upcoming convention, and announced that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is scheduled to speak at the convention. Gates will recite the Gettysburg Address during the public, evening concert at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield on Friday, September 20.
View the full interview here: http://www.focuswashington.com/2013/08/23/congressional-medal-of-honor-society-convention/
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society gathers each year to reunite living recipients as they continue their legacy of inspiring America's youth, honoring patriots and exemplary citizens, and memorializing fellow recipients who have passed. This year, more than 45 recipients of the U.S. military's highest honor will convene in Gettysburg for the planned events. There are several events open to the public, listed on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention Website.
"We believe this is hallowed ground," Monahan told Focus Washington. "This is an important place for us as Americans to reconnect with our history and it is an important part of the Medal and what its history represents."
Gettysburg is an especially unique location for this year's convention as 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the awarding of the first Medal of Honor in March of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg, where sixty-three Medals were awarded, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention is an annual gathering of members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society – the only organization consisting exclusively of recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States for valor in combat. The Convention honors Medal of Honor recipients and promotes the Medal's values of courage, sacrifice, service and patriotism. Learn more about the 2013 convention at www.cmoh2013.org.
SOURCE Focus Washington