Celebrating National Medal of Honor Day
National Medal of Honor Day is not a federal holiday; banks do not close, U.S. Post Office facilities remain open, and there are no school closings. Many of the ceremonies and other forms of observance take place on military bases, national cemeteries, and in local communities. It is not uncommon for the President of the United States to visit or gather MoH recipients to pay respects to their sacrifices. Visits to Arlington National Cemetery or similar facilities are also traditional ways of paying respects on March 25th.
Public ceremonies aren’t the only way to commemorate March 25th; private citizens can do several things to observe National Medal of Honor Day:
- Fly the United States flag at a residence or business
- “Adopt” the gravesite of a MoH recipient
- Attend a “retreat” ceremony honoring the fallen with “Taps” and the lowering of the flag
- Attend ceremonies honoring living MoH recipients
- Donate to or support MoH societies, Veterans Service Organizations, and veteran-oriented museums
Here’s a list of living recipients: http://www.cmohs.org/living-recipients.php.