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National Medal of Honor Day is observed every year on March 25 and is dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipients. Each branch of the U.S. military awards the Medal of Honor to those who have distinguished themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity” above and beyond the call of duty, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs official site.
National Medal of Honor Day will be observed on Wednesday, March, 25, 2020.
The Medal of Honor is awarded only to military members; it is awarded by Congress and is also known as the Congressional Medal of Honor. National Medal of Honor Day is a time to remember the sacrifices of men and women in uniform who have earned this highest of military honors.
Medal Of Honor Award Criteria
The original MoH criteria includes the following as presented on the Medal Of Honor Society official site. The medal may be awarded for meritorious actions above and beyond the call of duty:
while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States
while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force
while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Celebrating National Medal of Honor Day
National Medal of Honor Day is not a federal holiday; banks do not close, U.S. Post Office facilities remain open, and there are no school closings. Many of the ceremonies and other forms of observance take place on military bases, national cemeteries, and in local communities. It is not uncommon for the President of the United States to visit or gather MoH recipients to pay respects to their sacrifices. Visits to Arlington National Cemetery or similar facilities are also traditional ways of paying respects on March 25th.
Public ceremonies aren’t the only way to commemorate March 25th; private citizens can do several things to observe National Medal of Honor Day:
Fly the United States flag at a residence or business
“Adopt” the grave site of a MoH recipient
Attend a “retreat” ceremony honoring the fallen with “Taps” and the lowering of the flag
Attend ceremonies honoring livin
g MoH recipients
Donate to or support MoH societies, Veterans Service Organizations, and veteran-oriented museums such as The Museum of Military History.