2015 Memorial Day Observance at The Wall to feature Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs and dedication of the 2015 Medal of Honor: Vietnam Forever® Stamps
Pictured: 2015 Medal of Honor: Vietnam Forever stamps that will be dedicated by the United States Postal Service at VVMF's 2015 Memorial Day Observance at The Wall.
On this Medal of Honor Day, we honor our nation's bravest and most courageous veterans. The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the president of the United States, in the name of the Congress, to members of the U.S. armed forces who have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty, risking their lives while exhibiting intrepidity and valor.
This special day is marked annually on March 25, when the first Medal of Honor was presented to Private Jacob Parrott, who was a part of Andrew's Raiders. The Andrew's Raiders were involved in the Great Locomotive Chase, a daring military mission breaching Confederate lines during the Civil War. Since then, only 3,493 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of all services.
258 Vietnam veterans were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during Vietnam. More than 150 were posthumously awarded, and have their names inscribed on The Wall of those who gave all for their country during the Vietnam War. These brave veterans displayed qualities of duty, honor, service, and courage. They gave themselves honorably just as the more than 58,000 who are etched beside them on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The heroism they exemplified is remembered by the comrades they saved and their families who remain grateful to this day.
The vision of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is to ensure a society in which all who have served and sacrificed in our nation's Armed Forces are properly honored and receive the recognition they justly deserve. VVMF believes that honoring our bravest veterans should not be reserved to just one day and a special event recognizing our nation's heroes will take place on Memorial Day of 2015. As part of the ceremony, the United States Postal Service will dedicate the 2015 Medal of Honor: Vietnam Forever® stamps. These stamps will honor those who distinguished themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.” The event is free and open to the public. This year's keynote speaker will feature Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs.
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This Medal of Honor Day, don't forget to thank our military men and women and remember our selfless heroes, who went above the call to serve.
Read more about Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients on our blog.