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2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention: Gettysburg, PA

The 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention will gather in Gettysburg, Pa this year from September 18 – September 22.

Each year, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, comprised solely of Medal of Honor recipients, gathers in a different city in the United States to celebrate its annual convention. During this time, the recipients assemble to honor and remember all who have served our country and to further the brotherhood among one another. This year, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was chosen as the site for the convention.

Our team of collaborators together have created a unique convention that not only seeks to highlight and celebrate the Medal of Honor recipients, but also to honor the history of Gettysburg and its connection to the Medal of Honor.

Public Opportunities to honor our nation’s highest decorated veterans are free to the public, but do require on line registration:

  1. Thursday, September 19:  Autograph/Photo Sessions, at the Gettysburg Hotel Ballroom, 4 half hour sessions from 2:30-4:30 To register, click here.
  2. Friday, September 20: 10-12 Town Hall Forum emceed by Chris Wallace Recipient interviews, audience participation To register, click here.
  3. Concert Celebrating America’s Past, Present, and Future Heroes, features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the West Point Glee Club, 7-9pm, check-in starting at 5:15pm at the Pennsylvania Monument. Click here for tickets.

Bob Monahan and Tom McCracken have been instrumental in having Gettysburg College recognize and honor its only Medal of Honor recipient, Stephen Doane, a freshman in 1967, MOH 1969, KIA 1969. Tom will read the MOH Citation, and other college classmates will be attending. The event is free, but you must register.

Each site offers information about parking, shuttle service, and restrictions.

2013 is a celebratory year, marking:

  • 150 Anniversary of the Battle
  • 150 Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Addreess
  • 55th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s chartering of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

FYI:  There were 63 Medals of Honor bestowed following the Battle of Gettysburg.

As the event nears, there will be more information posted on the website. Be sure to check in for details!

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