Medal of Honor Day: U.S. Army Remembers Heroes

Thursday March 25, 2010

What is it?

Medal of Honor Day is now celebrated annually on March 25 to commemorate the first recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the military. The award, which was initially presented to six surviving members of Andrews' Raiders on March 25, 1863, is generally presented to the recipient by the President of the United States.

What has the Army done?

Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti was the most recently recognized Medal of Honor recipient for acts of gallantry beyond the call of duty while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom on June 21, 2006. Sgt. 1st Class Monti posthumously was presented the Medal of Honor by the President of the United States on Sept. 17, 2009.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

To recognize all the Army's Medal of Honor recipients, an enduring memorial to the heroes is located in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. The United States Army Medal of Honor microsite captures stories of recent Medal of Honor recipients, as well as history and statistics.

Why is this important to the Army?

This holiday is one of the our most revered because it honors the sacrifices, for many of the recipients the ultimate sacrifice, our Soldiers make to ensure our freedom above and beyond the call of duty. As we move into our ninth year of persistent conflict, we are reminded that our men and women continue to serve honorably, selflessly and courageously.

Resources:

The United States Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, microsite

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

U.S. Army Center of Military History

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March 2010

_**Women’s History Month (Women in the U.S. Army)

Brain Injury Awareness Month**_

Mar. 25: Medal of Honor Day (See U.S. Army Medal of Honor Web site)

Mar 29- April 2: Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Summit (SHARP Web site)

April 2010

**_Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Month of the Military Child_**

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Every Soldier... knows and understands the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Sergeant First Class Monti not only knew these values, he lived them every single day. And, on that last day, he demonstrated to the young Soldiers in his patrol exactly what those values mean in a difficult and dangerous environment."

- Vice Chief of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli

Hall of Heroes Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, Sept. 18, 2009

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"BOSS is great because Soldiers need something to do instead of playing video games or staying in the barracks. It gets them out to have fun. It offers rewards for single Soldiers and the people involved."

- Spc. Jeremy Gorman, a member of Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS), was one of five to be recognized for outstanding volunteerism as well as given the position of the treasurer

Fort Rucker BOSS leaders recognize Soldiers for service

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