In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day ... a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25 (1863) that the first Medals of Honor were presented...to six members of Andrews' Raiders.
The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 .. and is the United States of America's highest military honor. It is awarded only to U.S. military personnel, by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. There are three versions of the Medal of Honor; one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force, with personnel of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receiving the Navy version.
Here is a proud, inspiring look at National Medal of Honor Day being celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery on March 25, 2016 ... with living Medal of Honor recipients in many scenes.
Video by USA Patriotism! U.S Army photos by Rachel Larue, Arlington National Cemetery