National Medal of Honor Day (March 25th)

Medal of Honor Awards

The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients (Public Law 101-564). Conceived in the State of Washington, this holiday should be one of our most revered. Unfortunately, all too many Americans are not even aware of its existence.

The date of March 25th was chosen because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews' Raiders.

National Medal of Honor Day deserves wider recognition and celebration. As a patriotic American, there are a few things you can do to commemorate this day:

  • Fly Your Flag. Fly your flag with pride and patriotism on this day.
  • Remember Our Heroes. As a gesture of your appreciation, why not take just a few moments in the week prior to National Medal of Honor Day to mail a "Thank You" card to one of our living Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Inform Your Local Media. Many newspapers and media outlets do not properly cover this special day. Why not tip your local media to the occasion? Before you do, check out our database of Medal of Honor recipients from your city and state as well as anyone who may be buried in your city. This information can give your media a "local angle" that can increase the probability that they will consider doing a story to remind Americans of our heroes.
  • Schools. Consider doing something in your local schools, or even on a civic level, if there is a Medal of Honor recipient living in your local.
  • Cemetery. If there is a Medal of Honor recipient buried in your hometown, get a school class, scout troop, or other youth organization to "adopt a gravesite".
  • Public Library. Tell the story of a Medal of Honor recipient from your home state at your public library.
  • Research Medal of Honor Recipients. Home of Heroes hosts the citations for thousands of Medal of Honor recipients. Along with additional information such as birthdates, hometowns, and grave locations, among others. Follow the button below to research recipients!
  • Looking for More? Many visitors find our Medal of Honor Interesting Facts page to be very informative!