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Gov. Whitmer Proclaims March 25 Medal of Honor Day

The Medal of Honor is the United States' Highest Award for Military Valor in Action

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring Medal of Honor Day March 25, 2022, to honor the sacrifice and heroism by Medal of Honor recipients.  
 
“On Medal of Honor Day, we recognize those among us who answered the highest call to serve our nation in uniform and displayed gallantry on the battlefield,” said Gov. Whitmer. “I encourage Michiganders to reflect on and pay tribute to these American heroes who fought for rights, ideals and freedoms we all hold dear.” 
 
“Fewer than 4,000 courageous individuals have received this honor throughout our nation’s history,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Their stories serve as powerful reminders of service and sacrifice and we owe them and their families our gratitude and respect.” 
 
The Medal of Honor is authorized for any military service member who distinguishes themself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their life above and beyond the call of duty: 

  • While engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
There have been 110 Medals of Honor accredited to Michigan service members, you can view their stories of sacrifice here: Michigan Medal of Honor Recipients.

The United States Congress passed a bill designating March 25 as Medal of Honor Day in November 1990 and it was signed into law on November 15, 1990 by George H. W. Bush. The remembrance was first recognized in 1991.  
 
View the full proclamation.