Colorado Congressman John Salazar
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National Medal of Honor Day

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John T. Salazar (CO-3) introduced a bi-partisan resolution this week to designate March 25th as ‘National Medal of Honor Day’.

“Leading into Memorial Day, we should make an extra effort to honor those who have served our country,” said Salazar. “The Medal of Honor is a rare honor, awarded to a select few. We should do more to recognize these brave men and women for serving above and beyond the call of duty.”

The city of Pueblo, in Salazar’s district, was designated America’s ‘Home of Heroes’ by Congress in 1993 for being the only city in the United States to be home to four Medal of Honor recipients. There are only 123 living Medal of Honor recipients in the United States.

“A national Medal of Honor Day is a great way to revive appreciation for the Medal of Honor and for schoolchildren to learn about living heroes,” said Salazar. “With so few living recipients of the Medal of Honor left, this Congress must act to show our appreciation before it’s too late.”

Salazar’s effort to honor Medal of Honor recipients is supported by Congressman Mike Rogers (MI-8). Salazar served in the Army during the Vietnam era and is the only veteran from the Colorado delegation.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Rep. Rogers pushes Medal of Honor Day

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, is working for a "National Medal of Honor Day" to recognize annually the more than 3,400 American military veterans decorated with the Medal of Honor. Rogers is one of the original sponsors of the legislation, which was introduced this week. "Michigan has been home to 109 of those brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, who are among the recipients of the Medal of Honor since it's inception during the Civil War," said Rogers, a U.S. Army Veteran. "There should be a tradition of regularly recognizing the extraordinary bravery of the Medal of Honor recipients." He said that Michigan still has four living Medal of Honor recipients. The measure has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

The Resolution Presented in Congress:

109TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION 

H. RES. 297

Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Medal of Honor Day to celebrate and honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor on the anniversary of the inception of that medal in 1863.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 24, 2005
Mr. SALAZAR (for himself and Mr. ROGERS of Michigan) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Medal of Honor Day to celebrate and honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor on the anniversary of the inception of that medal in 1863.

Whereas the Medal of Honor, the highest distinction that can be awarded to a member of the Armed Forces, is awarded by the President, in the name of the Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty;

Whereas the Nation will forever be in debt to the recipients of the Medal of Honor for their bravery and sacrifice in times of war or armed conflict;

Whereas the first Medal of Honor awards were presented to six men on March 25, 1863, by the Secretary of War;

Whereas only 3,441 individuals out of the millions of men and women who have served the Nation in war, military operations, or other armed conflicts have been awarded the Medal of Honor;

Whereas there are 123 Medal of Honor living recipients as of May 23, 2005;

Whereas it is appropriate to honor the heroic recipients of the Medal of Honor;

Whereas public awareness of the importance of the Medal of Honor has declined in recent years;

Whereas the designation of a National Medal of Honor Day would focus the efforts of national, State, and local organizations striving to foster public appreciation and recognition of Medal of Honor recipients; and

Whereas March 25 would be an appropriate date to observe National Medal of Honor Day: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the heroism and sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipients;

(2) recognizes the educational opportunity that a National Medal of Honor Day would present to the American public; and

(3) supports the goals and ideals of a National Medal of Honor Day to celebrate and honor the contributions of Medal of Honor recipients.

 

Co-Sponsors

Democrats Republicans
John Salazar (CO/3) Sponsor Mike Rogers (MI/8) Co- Sponsor
Jim McDermott (WA/7)
Charles Rangel (NY/15)
Mark Udall (CO/2)
Bob Beauprez (CO/7)
Mark Green (WI/8)
Spencer Bachus (AL/6)
Paul E. Gilmor (OH/5)
Ken Calvert (CA-44)

 

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Congressman Salazar is also preparing to introduce the "Stolen Valor Act of 2005." This is a critically needed item of legislation in order to protect the integrity of military awards. It will be introduced early in June, and if passed by Congress will make it a criminal offense for any individual to make false claims of having received the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, or Purple Heart. More information on this legislation is available from the links below. Please urge your Senators and Representatives to get behind this important effort as well.

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