Living Medal of Honor recipients to be honored in Honolulu

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Communications Pacific
News Release

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that can be bestowed upon a member of the U.S. armed forces.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that can be bestowed upon a member of the U.S. armed forces.

HONOLULU — More than 50 of America’s 81 living Medal of Honor, or MOH, recipients will be honored at the 2012 Medal of Honor Society Convention, here, Oct. 1-6.

Recipients from World War II up to the current conflict in Afghanistan will attend.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that can be bestowed upon a member of the U.S. armed forces. During the past 151 years, fewer than 3,500 recipients have been awarded the medal. Only 81 living recipients remain today, including two from Hawaii.

The Medal of Honor Society gathers each year to reunite living members as they continue their legacy of inspiring our youth, honoring patriots and memorializing those recipients who have passed.

“We are truly humbled and proud to share the ohana culture, traditions and splendor that is distinctly Hawaii with our nation’s most revered heroes,” said retired Navy Admiral Thomas Fargo, co-chairman of the convention’s host committee and former commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

“We are profoundly grateful to our supporters who are making it possible to create a once-in-a-lifetime tribute befitting these great men and their families,” he added.

The convention will be funded entirely by contributions, with more than a dozen corporate sponsors already committed as contributors. The convention will feature public and private events and activities in and around Honolulu, including community outreach activities to students and veterans.

Events include book signings open to the public, Oct. 6, at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. MOH recipients will meet and greet the public during these two signing sessions.

“It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come face-to-face and meet these extraordinary men who were willing to sacrifice their own lives to save others,” Fargo said.

“As a company with a mission to serve those who serve, there is no event more deserving of our support than the Medal of Honor Convention,” said David J. McIntyre Jr., president and CEO, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, one of the convention’s sponsors.

McIntyre also serves as co-chairman of the convention’s host committee.

“These are humble men of incredible character,” McIntyre said. “They embody the true meaning of heroism, and reinforce the values of courage, sacrifice and freedom.”

(Editor’s Note: Compiled from Communications Pacific news releases.)

 

MOH Recipient Book Signing

MOH recipients will meet and greet the public during two book signing sessions: 9-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 6, at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki.

This event is open exclusively for those who purchase tickets in advance. Only 500 tickets for each session will be sold. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Each ticket also includes a Medal of Honor quote book, which recipients can sign at the event.

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at www.MedalofHonor

Convention2012.com.

 

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