2012 Citizen Service Before Self Honors Presented
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2012 – The 2012 Citizen Service Before Self Honorees at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Our nation’s most honored heroes, the fewer than 85 living Medal of Honor recipients who comprise the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, gathered to honor three unsung citizen heroes:
James McCormick of New Haven, West Virginia for selflessly helping hundreds of homeless veterans find jobs and housing through his non-profit, Raising Cane Farms;
Montell Mixon of Saint Paul, Minnesota for valiantly rescuing a woman from her burning home after she had been locked in the bathroom by her boyfriend who had set the house on fire on Aug. 16, 2011; and,
Brandon Wemhoff of Lincoln, Nebraska for heroically risking his own life in an attempt to protect the people around him by foiling a robbery on May 29, 2011.
During the ceremony, each honoree received a Citizen Service Before Self Honors medal and an embossed certificate signed by the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Approximately 20 Medal of Honor recipients were in attendance. General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided a keynote; Kimberly Dozier, correspondent for Associated Press, emceed the ceremony. Just before the Citizen Service Before Self Honors Ceremony, there was a Medal of Honor Day wreath laying ceremony held in the shadow of the Tomb of the Unknowns in conjunction with Medal of Honor Day, which is March 25th.
Sponsors of the 2012 Citizen Service Before Self Honors initiative are Lockheed Martin Corporation, T. Boone Pickens Foundation, The Boeing Company, and the TriWest Healthcare Alliance.