Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Medal of Honor

July 12, 1862:

Although Union Gen. Winfield Scott thought medals smacked of gaudy European affectation, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a provision to recognize individual acts of valor during the U.S. Civil War; in 1933 the medal's presentation was continued into the future. Today, some 3,400 men and women have been honored for personal bravery "above and beyond the call of duty" with the Medal of Honor.

And so it goes...

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