On Friday night of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention in Gettysburg, the Society hosted a free historic and commemorative concert at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Corps Band played, and the audience also saw joint performances with the West Point Choir. With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle at Gettysburg, it was especially moving to see Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recite the Gettysburg Address. The battlefield evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show.
Three Veteran Heroes discussed courage and selfless service
There are four important things in life to remember, Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Leo Thorsness told Gettysburg Middle School students: Family, friends, faith and fun.
“Remember those four things, and you’ll be happy in life,” Thorsness said.
Medal recipients attended six local middle and high schools as part of the Medal of Honor Character Development Program on Friday, September 20, 2013. Medal of Honor recipients Command Sergeant Major Robert Patterson, Colonel Wesley Fox and Colonel Leo Thorsness talked to the sixth, seventh and eight grade students at the Gettysburg Middle School. The three recipients discussed their actions at war, what they learned from the experiences and what students should emphasize in life.
Medal of Honor recipients at the Gettysburg College Town Hall Forum, hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. The recipients, Harvey “Barney” Barnum, Clinton Romesha and Salvatore “Sal” Giunta had a conversation with Wallace, and then took questions from the audience.
More than 40 recipients of the U.S. military’s highest honor will converge on Gettysburg September 18-22 for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s annual convention. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society gathers each year to reunite living recipients as they continue their legacy of inspiring America’s youth, honoring patriots and exemplary citizens, and memorializing those honorees who have passed. Recipients from World War II through the conflict in Afghanistan will be in attendance.
Joining Chuck to discuss the convention is Robert J. Monahan Jr., President and CEO of the Gettysburg Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention.