National Medal of Honor Day on March 25 is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients.
National Day Calendar says this:
“Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is awarded only to US military personnel, by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.”
The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,493 of the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen.. There are currently 79 living Medal of Honor recipients and 19 recipients have received two Medals.
According to The Veterans Administration blog, the average age of recipients at the time of the Medal of Honor action:
- All services: 26 years old
- U.S. Army recipients: 25 years old
- U.S. Air Force recipients: 33 years old
- U.S. Coast Guard recipients: 23 years old
- U.S. Navy recipients: 29 years old
- U.S. Army Air Corps: 27 years old
- U.S. Marine Corps: 25 years old
Play with more data yourself at the Medal of Honor dashboard.
Let’s remember these brave individuals who performed selfless, personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty
And, let us also be inspired by their examples to show courage by going above and beyond what might be expected of us in our every day lives.
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