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Medal of Honor Recipients Are Looking for Citizen Heroes


Nominate One for a Citizen Service Before Self Honor

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2011 – The Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Foundation are looking for citizen heroes for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, which recognizes and honors those ordinary Americans who have clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others whether through a single act of extraordinary heroism at risk to one’s life or through a prolonged series of selfless acts. Nominations close in one month, Friday, February 18, 2011. Citizens may submit an eligible nominee by completing the nomination form online via the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website, www.CitizenServiceBeforeSelfHonors.org.

Citizen Service Before Self Honors are unique, because they are presented to unsung heroes by our nation’s most honored heroes—the fewer than 90 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor—the Medal of Honor.  The recipients comprise the Congressionally chartered Medal of Honor Society, which is one of the most exclusive societies.

Citizen Service Before Self Honors recipients represent the values of courage, sacrifice and selfless service.  Medal of Honor recipients encourage individuals to nominate any United States civilian who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness.  The nominee’s actions must epitomize the concept of “service before self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional area of responsibility or conduct.

This upcoming year, 2011, marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Medal of Honor, which President Abraham Lincoln signed into law in 1861.  Since that enactment, the Medal, which has been awarded fewer than 3,500 times, has been our nation’s highest award for military valor.  Its monumental anniversary represents 150 years of courage and sacrifice on the part of the millions of men and women who have defended our freedoms in uniform.

A panel, to include Medal of Honor recipient representation, will consider all nominations and select national finalists. Finalists will be announced on Monday, March 7, 2011.  From among those finalists, a second panel of Medal of Honor recipients will select three individuals to receive Citizen Service Before Self Honors.  The recipients will be announced on Monday, March 21, 2011, and honored at a ceremony on Friday, March 25, 2011, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day.  The ceremony will be held near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.

Profiles for each of the finalists will be available on the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website and each finalist will receive an embossed framed certificate signed by the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.


The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country and to inspire  our youth to become worthy, dedicated citizens of our country. It consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor recipients. Today there are fewer than 90 members, who come from all social classes and race, ethnic and economic backgrounds. They range in age from 60 to 94 and live in all areas of our country. In November 2010, the first living individual from an ongoing conflict will receive the Medal of Honor from the President of the United States.  He is presently 25 years old. For more information, visit www.cmohs.org.


The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the Medal of Honor’s legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism.  The Foundation supports the objectives, activities and outreach programs of the Society, and raises funds for initiatives such as Citizen Service Before Self Honors, that promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents.  For more information, visit www.cmohfoundation.org

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