ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's 78 living Medal of Honor recipients want citizens across the nation to nominate unsung heroes to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Citizen Honors Awards. The awards, sponsored by The Boeing Company, will be presented in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, on National Medal of Honor Day, Fri., March 25, 2016.
"Today my fellow recipients and I are asking Americans to nominate their hometown heroes for this special recognition," said Tom Kelley, Medal of Honor recipient and president of the Society. "Our previous Citizen Honors winners demonstrated courage and selfless service in actions that made a difference in the lives of others," he continued, "and we're excited about recognizing more citizen heroes this year."
The Society created the Citizen Honors Awards in 2008 and it has honored 27 citizen heroes to date. To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older. Citizen Honors nomination applications, available at www.cmohfoundation.org, will be accepted until December 18, 2015.
"Every day, ordinary Americans perform extraordinary acts of courage and selfless service," said Ron Rand, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation president and CEO. "On behalf of America's truest heroes, we identify and recognize these unsung heroes whose acts of courage and kindness embody the spirit of the Medal of Honor."
Medal of Honor recipients carefully review all nominations and select three Citizen Honors winners. Two are recognized for single acts of courage and one for an act of selfless service and kindness. The top 20 finalists will be announced on January 18, 2016, and the three winners will be announced on February 1, 2016.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation: The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (www.cmohfoundation.org) was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society with the mission to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal through outreach and education. Through its Character Development Program, the Foundation reaches out to the citizens of America, and particularly to young Americans, to promote an awareness of the values embodied in the Medal and to teach that ordinary citizens, through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism, can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation, which also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit with Tax ID #25-1828488.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society: The Congressional Medal of Honor Society (www.cmohs.org) was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 78 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.
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SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation