Abraham Lincoln signed the Act establishing the Medal of Honor which was first presented on March 25, 1863. But too few are aware of this momentous date and all that it stands for, so it was proposed that March 25th be set aside every year to commemorate Lincoln’s historic act and remind the American public about the Medal of Honor’s history and ideals.
This idea quickly gained the support of the fewer than 100 living Medal of Honor recipients who constitute the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and a resolution was drafted to put this new holiday on the national calendar. The resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 30, 2007, and was unanimously approved on February 27, 2007. A concurrent resolution was unanimously passed in the Senate on March 1st, 2007, and Senator John Warner announced the creation of this annual day to the American public on March 21st 2007.
March 25, 2007 was the first official Medal of Honor Day in the United States. Gary Littrell, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s President, summed it up best when he stated; “I do not view the 25th of March for the years to come as a day to honor ‘we’, the Medal of Honor recipients,” he said. “I view the 25th of March as a day that we the Medal of Honor recipients can give back to our youth.”
January 30, 2007 – National Medal of Honor Day resolution introduced in the House of Representatives
February 27, 2007 – House of Representatives unanimously votes for Medal of Honor Day
March 1, 2007 – Senate unanimously votes to establish Medal of Honor Day
March 21, 2007 – Senator John Warner announces creation of Medal of Honor Day
March 25, 2007 – First Medal of Honor Day observed in the United States