Create maximum PR to launch and sustain the Above & Beyond “service before self” initiative for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
David Clark initiates the creation of “National Medal of Honor Day” which now serves as the annual date when the Above & Beyond Citizen Honors are presented. Abraham Lincoln created the Medal of Honor which was first presented on March 25, 1863 and stated:
“Any Nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”
Thus, Clark proposed that March 25th be set aside every year as a national observance when our nations most revered military heroes -Medal of Honor recipients themselves honor American civilian heroes.
Clark also believes that the creation of this official US observance will poignantly demonstrate the military ethic of “service before self,” as Congress in the name of the American people annually promote the ethos of the Medal of Honor, and those who wear our nation’s highest award for valor in combat. However, in true selfless fashion, on National Medal of Honor Day the Medal of Honor recipients turn the spotlight on the American public and honor them for civilian acts of bravery.
Medal of Honor recipients discuss the creation of National Medal of Honor Day.
With guidance from Medal of Honor recipients Clark helped Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii draft legislation to create this national observance which was introduced to the 110th Congress as a Concurrent Resolution in January of 2007, and in an unusual display of non-partisan pride, the bill was unanimously passed by the United States House of Representatives and Senate.
On March 25, 2007 the United States observed its first National Medal of Honor Day. In a ceremony attended by dignitaries, military brass and prominent members from both the House and Senate, Senator John Warner announced the creation of National Medal of Honor Day during an event covered by NBC’s The Today Show and Evening News.
President Obama celebrates National Medal of Honor Day
The following Concurrent Resolution was passed unanimously by the 110th Congress which set March 25th aside every year in the United States as “National Medal of Honor Day.”