Museum to Pay Tribute to Recipients of Military's Highest Honor
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Americans from former presidents to friends and family of military service members are marking this Thursday's Veterans Day holiday by spotlighting the contributions of Medal of Honor recipients.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama joined forces to make a public-service announcement about the new National Medal of Honor Museum to break ground next year, during the recent "Salute to Service" National Football League game between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.
"Of the estimated 40 million people who have served in the U.S. military since the Civil War, fewer than 4,000 have received the honor," Obama stated.
Maine was the birthplace of more than 80 recipients of the Medal of Honor, many who fought in the Civil War, and others from conflicts including World War Two, the Korean War and the War in Vietnam.
Chris Cassidy, CEO of Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut, said there are 66 living recipients of the Honor, and that number is getting smaller with each year because of their age.
"What people don't know about the Medal of Honor is that the recipients are just normal people setting out to do their job on a given day," Cassidy explained. "Each of us has the same bucket of courage. There's endless amounts of it, and you can dip into it as much as you want, and it never goes away."
During next Monday's game against Cleveland, New England Patriots players will be wearing the initials of ten fallen heroes on their helmets to recognize their sacrifices.
The U.S. House recently voted unanimously to take the first steps toward creating a Medal of Honor memorial on the National Mall, and the bill now is in the Senate.
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