A set of Medal of Honor commemorative coins was presented to Congress Sept. 19 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Several Medal of Honor recipients watched as one of their number, retired Army 1st Lt. Brian Thacker, presented the coin set to Sen. Daniel Inouye, who is himself a Medal of Honor recipient and the designated representative of Congress for this event.
“One hundred and fifty years ago the Congress of the United States moved to create the Medal of Honor, to recognize those Americans who, through heroic acts of sacrifice, distinguished themselves on the field of battle,” said Inouye.
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“While fewer than 3,500 have received this high honor, it is symbolic of the brave, selfless actions that generations of soldiers have displayed while fighting to defend our great nation. When I received the Medal of Honor, I accepted it on behalf of my brothers who I fought and bled with in Europe during our war many years ago. During the time I spent fighting in World War II, I witnessed countless acts of valor deserving of this high honor. To all who receive the Medal of Honor, remember those who fought beside you and honor the memory of those who did not come home.”
Retired Col., Leo Thorsness, U.S. Air Force, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, thanked Congress for authorizing the coins. He said, “These coins are a tangible way for Americans everywhere to embrace what the Medal of Honor represents.”
Eighty-five living Medal of Honor recipients comprise the society’s current membership.
For more information, visit www.cmohs.org.