The first Congressional authorized medal of honor was awarded to General George Washington in March of 1776. Awarded for his commanding role of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Today as a part of our nations history, bravery and countless sacrifices made by our veterans we honor and celebrate the recipients of the Medal of Honor. 150 years of courage and sacrifice the medal awarded to an individual, however each of these brave men would all agree it truly represents the acts of many not those made by just one individual. It was in 1861 that President Lincoln signed a bill into law calling for the first medals of honor. Since then there have been fewer than 3,500 recipients of the Medal of Honor and, today fewer than 90 are still alive. “Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” President Abraham Lincoln
On February 26th at the Presidential Library of Ronald Reagan founder Annie Nelson and Advisory Board Members Scott Lautanen, Nick Searcy and Kevin Sorbo were honored to be guests at this years Medal of Honor Freedom Gala. The extraordinary evening was hosted by Actor and friend of our American Soldier Network Gary Sinise, President/CEO of Triwest Health Care David McIntyre and Patriot Bruce Brereton. This years Gala recognized four individuals for their constant support of our US military. The Patriot Award presented to Jack H. Brown. The Distinguished Citizen Award presented to Former Secretary of State George P. Schultz. The Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment presented to Connie Stevens and Ann-Margaret.
47 of our 90 living Medal of Honor Recipients were in attendance. What a thrill and honor to meet these amazing national heroes. Each story of heroism is truly extraordinary. The recipients in attendance represented the following wars, Vietnam, World War II, Korea and the War on Terrorism/Afghanistan. Learn more of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation at www.cmohfoundation.org