Leahy Urges Citizens To Nominate Hero For The 2009 Above & Beyond Citizen Honors

Nominations Period Closes Soon For Recipients, One Of The Highest Civilian Honors

WASHINGTON, February 17, 2009– Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced that the nominations period for the Above & Beyond Citizen Honors closes on Friday, February 20, 2009.  Nominations must be received by then in order to be considered for 2009. Citizens may submit an eligible nominee by completing the online form, http://www.aboveandbeyond365.com/.

Above & Beyond Citizen Honors recipients represent the values of courage, sacrifice and selfless service.  Leahy and The Congressional Medal of Honor Society encourage individuals to nominate any United States civilian who has clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others whether through a single act of extraordinary heroism at risk to one’s life or through a prolonged series of selfless acts.  The nominee’s actions must epitomize the concept of “service above self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional area of responsibility or conduct.

A panel of judges, consisting of Medal of Honor recipients, will consider all nominations and select a finalist from every state, plus the District of Columbia.  Profiles for each of the 51 finalists will be available on the Above & Beyond website and each finalist will receive an embossed Citizen Honors certificate signed by the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

From among the State finalists, three individuals will be selected to receive Citizen Honors and will be announced on Monday, March 9, 2009, and honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day.  The ceremony will be held in the shadow of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.


The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to perpetuate the Medal of Honor’s legacy of courage, sacrifice and patriotism.  The Foundation supports the objectives, activities and programs of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and raises funds for initiatives such as Above & Beyond Citizen Honors, that promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents.  For more information, visit www.cmohfoundation.org 

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