By: J. D. Longstreet
Did you know that today, March 25th, is Medal of Honor Day? I’ll beg you didn’t. It is only two years old. Yes March 25th was set aside just two years ago to honor those who have earned the Congressional medal of Honor the highest honor the United States can bestow on a member of the US Armed Forces.
Did you know: The United States Congress 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 to highlight this special day because it was on March 25 (1863) that the first Medals of Honor were presented
Some Americans believe the Top Brass in the Pentagon are deliberately refusing to award the Medal of Honor these days while they award other medals by the bushel baskets full. Excuses of every kind come from the aforementioned Top Brass as to why they are refusing to award the highest of honors to today’s US military heroes and those excuses range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
There is an article in the current issue of The Fayetteville Observer entitled “Let’s Not Forget Our Heroes” written by Joseph A. Kenny about this very thing and you’ll find it HERE. Pleas… go over and read this article. Mr. Kinney raise some interesting questions about why the Pentagon is passing over our current crop of heroes.
So… now that you DO know that today is National Medal of Honor Day… what can you do? Good question.
You can: Fly your US Flag and fly it high today! Thank a current serviceman or servicewoman for serving their country today. Be sure to call your Radio and TV stations and remind them about National Medal of Honor Day. (Sad to say… they probably don’t even know about it!) And you could also place some flowers on the grave, or graves, of deceased servicemen and women in a cemetery near you. And may we be so bold as to suggest one more thing? Why not call you Congressman and Senator and ask them to inquire of the Pentagon… why EXACTLY, they are not awarding the Medal of Honor to current service personnel?
America NEEDS heroes and we need them badly. I will venture to say our military is literally brimming with heroes and they need to be recognized. Lord knows… they have earned it!
J. D. Longstreet