New heritage trail lets Americans follow ‘footsteps of heroes’

Medal of Honor Valor Trail Tap into the power of place to connect with those who have earned our nation’s highest honor

WASHINGTON , March 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At events in Arlington, Virginia.and Charleston, South Carolinato mark National Medal of Honor Day, the American Battlefield Trust (the Trust) and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (the Society today announced a new initiative to tell the inspiring and often harrowing stories of the brave Americans who have earned the Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor Valor Trail™ will weave the stories of the nation’s highest decoration for bravery with the places most deeply connected to Medal of Honor recipients – battlefields and historic sites, hometowns and burial sites, homonymous sites, monuments and museums. The envisioned journey will span centuries – from the Civil War to the present day – and continents, showcasing the diverse universe of inspiring recipients who have worn the medal. Relevant sites can submit online applications to be included in the growing network.

“There is no greater honor our country can bestow than the Medal of Honor,” said the president of the American Battlefield Trust. David Duncan. “It is synonymous with the very best of who we are as Americans and the ideals of bravery, patriotism and selflessness. But the dramatic stories behind the awarding of many of these medals are rarely told where they are. have taken place.”

Medal of Honor recipient and President of the Society Leroy Petry agreed: “The mission of the Society is to promote the legacy of the Medal of Honor, which we do by telling the stories of the Medal of Honor through a variety of education and outreach programs. The Trail of Valor will make our efforts even more tangible by combining Medal of Honor Stories with places in our own communities and places we can visit.”

The new initiative is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Trust and the Society. It will include recipients from all eras and a wide variety of relevant sites, reaching far beyond the battlefields to attract visitors and create points of community pride. He will demonstrate that although few Americans have the opportunity to visit Iwo Jima or the mountains of Afghanistanthose who have sacrificed in such remote places nevertheless have in mind the battlefields, historic sites, cemeteries, museums and memorials that are accessible to them.

The new Medal of Honor Valor Trail™ website is in its infancy, but it’s already helping to visualize how that value will be put on a map. As it grows, the Valor Trail will help modern Americans connect with the real heroes of the past. By inviting them to follow in the heroes’ footsteps, it offers a new understanding of the significance of these events and a deeper appreciation for the very real, human people who lived through them. It offers us something to aspire to, the chance to fulfill our highest promises and purposes as a nation and as individuals.

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SOURCE American Battlefield Trust

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