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Huntsville to host "Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes"


October 8, 2009
Source: The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the City of Huntsville, Alabama

Media Contact:
Jennifer Lennon
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Phone: (843) 856-3216
Email: jbblennon@aol.com
Media Contact:
Jay Town
Event Chairman
Phone: (256) 651-0414
Email: medalofhonorgala@yahoo.com

In the Company of Heroes

Huntsville, Alabama: On Saturday, August 28, 2010, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will host the "Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes" in Huntsville, Alabama. This event is a special evening dedicated to honoring our nation's living Medal of Honor recipients. The evening will provide an extraordinary opportunity to focus on the six characteristics that are the cornerstones and hallmarks of the award - courage, integrity, sacrifice, commitment, citizenship and patriotism. Leaders from across the nation will gather together with recipients of the Medal of Honor to celebrate the virtues of freedom, those who defend it, and the ideals the Medal of Honor represents. Previous galas sponsored by the CMOH Foundation have been held in locations that include: the floor of the NYSE (an annual event); under Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Library; and the Grand Beluga Whale Hall at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

The highest military honor in combat that United States servicemen and women can receive is the Medal of Honor ("MOH"). It is awarded for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of one's life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." The "Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes" will be an event that perpetuates the Medal's legacy and assists the Foundation in raising the funds necessary to continue its important work of educating our youth on the values that are the legacy of the Medal of Honor.

The Gala will be black tie or uniform dress, will be preceded by a cocktail reception and held at The Davidson Center for Space Exploration. A number of Medal of Honor recipients and CMOH Foundation Board members will be in attendance. This Gala will be the largest gathering of Medal of Honor Recipients in the history of the State of Alabama. A "Guest of Honor" will be announced in the coming months.

In addition to the Gala, several events will be planned for the MOH recipients during their stay in Huntsville. Most importantly, on Friday, August 27th, many of the recipients will speak to students in local schools to share their experiences and lessons in selfless service and love of country. This is truly an historical opportunity for our local students, administrators and schools. The CMOH Foundation has just released a "character development" curriculum project based on video interviews with the MOH recipients that is garnering national anticipation and interest. It is the hope of the Foundation to bring this program to the Huntsville community in the later part of 2010 after evaluation of the prototype program has been completed. The project is currently being tested in Erie, PA area middle and high schools. Other private events will be scheduled throughout the weekend for the MOH recipients.

Created by Abraham Lincoln in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force, which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. To receive this rare honor, it must first be approved by the President of the United States and is then presented by the President in the name of the Congress on behalf of a grateful nation. Since the birth of our nation over 40 million Americans have faced combat, yet fewer than 3,500 have received our nation's highest honor for valor in combat - the Medal of Honor.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is chartered by Congress, and regarded as the most exclusive organization in our country, as its membership is solely made up of living Medal of Honor recipients. Their members come from all social classes, race and economic levels. They range in age from 59 to 100, and live in all areas of our country. There are currently only 95 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The President of the CMOH Society is North Alabama's own Leo Thorsness (Col, USAF Ret.). He and his wife Gaylee live in Madison. For more information, visit www.cmohs.org

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to perpetuate the Medal of Honor's legacy of courage, sacrifice and patriotism. The Foundation supports the objectives, outreach activities and programs of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and raises funds for initiatives such as The Medal of Honor Curriculum Program that promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents and educates America's youth on the values of patriotism, sacrifice and courage and how they translate to everyday life - not just in times of war and conflict. For more information, visit www.cmohfoundation.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION For more information about event sponsorship opportunities, volunteer opportunities or for ticket information, please contact:

Event Chairman: Jay E. Town
Event Committee: Joyce Griffin & Dana Town
Email: MedalofHonorGala@yahoo.com
Phone: (256) 651-0414


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