On March 25, 2008, the second annual National Medal of Honor Day, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society presented three ordinary Americans with special honors for going above and beyond on behalf of their fellow man.
Each recipient was presented with a Medal molded to include the figures that are sculpted on the East side of the Tomb of the Unknowns, representing Peace, Victory, and Valor, signifying the link between anonymous heroism in and out of uniform. General Colin Powell was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, attended by more than 30 Medal of Honor recipients.
This same tradition occurred the following years, 2009-2013, and will be repeated each year to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of Americans serving one another. Fifteen heroes have received this prestigious award, and as more heroic stories continue to unfold, more will be recognized for going “above and beyond.”
Citizen Service Before Self Honors was first known as Above & Beyond Citizen Honors. Despite the slight name change to better reflect the award’s intentions, the prestige, selection criteria and process, and support by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society remain unaltered.
Past Citizen Honorees and their stories
Jencie Fagan (2008)
This Nevada school teacher went above and beyond when a student entered her middle school with a gun. After two students were wounded, Jencie heard the commotion and bravely ushered the remaining students to safety. She calmly talked with the gunman, convincing him to drop his weapon before anyone else was hurt.
David Bryan (2009)
This Missouri man valiantly rescued a motorist from a burning automobile on Eastbound I-70, one mile from the city of Higginsville, Missouri.
Dr. Jordy Cox (2010)
This Arizona man selflessly volunteered offering his medical skills to perform many life-saving surgeries in Haiti, the Congo, and the Ivory Coast.