Former presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama joined together to promote a project honoring Medal of Honor recipients.
The three former commanders-in-chief spoke in a video asking Americans to support the creation of a National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington and a monument in Washington, D.C.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the United States. It’s awarded by Congress for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty. About 40 million people are estimated to have served in the U.S. military since the Civil War and of them, 3,500 have received the Medal of Honor.
“America owes a debt we can never fully repay to Medal of Honor recipients. Each answered a noble call and demonstrated tremendous personal courage, love of country and devotion to duty,” Bush said. “It’s our responsibility to honor these patriots and their families. Providing a home for their stories to be kept and shared with future generations is one way we can express our gratitude.”
The museum will tell the stories of Medal of Honor recipients and educate visitors on the wars in which they have fought. It will also have an education center aimed at character development in young people, offering them the opportunity to “explore the concepts of courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity and commitment, and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.”
On his Instagram account, our neighbor gave a thankful message to veterans and military members.
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