The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced its 2017 Citizen Honors Award winners. The six heroes were chosen by the Recipients of the Medal of Honor from a field of 20 finalists in the nationwide program.
Since 2008, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society has selected U.S. citizens and community organizations for their acts of courage and selfless service which epitomize the American spirit. These extraordinary American citizens will be recognized on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, by our nation’s greatest heroes, the Recipients of the Medal of Honor.
“The Citizen Honors Awards recognize and celebrate the exceptional deeds that America’s citizen heroes perform every day in communities across our Nation,” said Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Our 2017 winners embody the spirit of the Medal of Honor and represent the highest levels of service and heroism. They’ve earned this award through their courage, selfless service or commitment to our nation’s military service members and families.”
The 2017 Citizen Honors winners are:
These six heroes will be recognized at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on National Medal of Honor Day, Saturday, March 25, 2017.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society congratulates all of this year’s finalists:
Greta Arndt, North Aurora, Illinois
Patricia Baisden, Forest Park, Georgia
Joe Bidawid, Royal Oak, Michigan
John Feal, Nesconset, New York
Marcus Johnson,Triangle, Virginia
Bethany Kuster, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
Margaret Matthews, Groton, Massachusetts
Joe Paneitz, Humble, Texas
George Skypeck, Accokeek, Maryland
Josh Wandell, Elizabethton, Tennessee
Trevan West, Fredericktown, Missouri
Healing Household 6, Richland, North Carolina
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Arlington, Virginia
Headstrong Project, Holmes, Pennsylvania
“The winners and finalists demonstrate the capacity of individuals and organizations to improve American communities significantly. These awards encourage all Americans to consider how they can serve and help build stronger communities,” said Kelley.