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Snyder joins Medal of Honor Foundation in encouraging citizen service nominations


Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011
Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

February 18 is deadline to recommend worthy civilians

LANSING, MI - Governor Rick Snyder today joined the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in encouraging nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, which recognizes ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through acts of courage and selflessness.

"There are outstanding examples of bravery, generosity and sacrifice all around us," Snyder said.  "If you know of a person who exemplifies these virtues, please take time to submit a nomination for this distinguished recognition.  We will be a better state and nation if these honorees can become role models for others."

The nomination deadline is Feb. 18.  Individuals may nominate any U.S. civilian who has demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others, whether through a single act of heroism or through a series of selfless acts.  Nominees who are deceased are eligible. A singular act of heroism must have occurred or a series of acts of long-term selfless service must have been ongoing within the last three years.  The nominee's actions must epitomize the concept of service before self and must be performed above and beyond one's professional area of responsibility or conduct.

A panel that includes Medal of Honor recipients will announce national finalists on March 7.  A second panel will select three Citizen Service Before Self Honors recipients who will be honored March 25 during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

 A nomination form is available online at

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the Medal of Honor's legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism.  Visit for more information.