Congressional Medal of Honor Society To Hold Its 2015 Convention in Boston
BOSTON – The Congressional Medal of Honor Society has announced it will hold its annual convention and Patriot Award Dinner in Boston for an unprecedented third time in September 2015. Many of the nation’s 79 living Medal of Honor Recipients will be in Boston from September 15-19 next year.
The Medal of Honor Recipients held their first Boston convention in October 2001 a month after postponing the event because of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Medal of Honor Society was the only organization to reschedule their Boston convention following 9/11.
The Medal of Honor Recipients returned to Boston in 2006 and were again welcomed warmly by the city. Their 2015 convention will mark the first time the Medal of Honor Recipients have held their convention three times in the same city.
“These Medal of Honor Recipients have formed a strong bond with the city and people of Boston and to be able to honor them here for the third time in 14 years is unprecented in the history of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society,’’ said Thomas J. Lyons, Chairman of the Boston Congressional Medal of Honor Society Host Committee. “The duties and sacrifices they have made on behalf of the nation, and their unwavering support for our men and women in uniform, is awe inspiring and we intend to host their convention in a manner that will truly honor and celebrate these incredible heroes.’’
While in Boston, the Recipients will be involved in several public events and will also be visiting area schools and veterans hospitals. The Boston Host Committee will work extensively with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Society to implement the Character Development Program designed to educate area students about the core values embedded in the Medal of Honor— courage, integrity, sacrifice, commitment, citizenship and patriotism.
The convention will culminate with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award Dinner on Sept. 19 at the Boston Seaport Hotel where the Recipients will honor several people for their commitment to our veterans and men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.
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About the Medal of Honor
Created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest and rarest military decoration. It is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress, upon a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States.” Fewer than 3,500 individuals have received the Medal, half of which have been posthumously. There are currently only 79 living recipients. This is one of the lowest levels in history.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
In 1958, the United States Congress chartered the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The purpose of the Society, among other things, is to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor. The living recipients of the Medal of Honor constitute the members of the Society. These recipients congregate annually for their national Medal of Honor Convention.