CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION BRINGS THREE-DAY CELEBRATION TO NASHVILLE AUGUST 6–8, 2015
Events Recognize Recipients, Support Continuation of Character Development Education Initiative
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2015) – Nashville will host dozens of the nation’s most distinguished military veterans this summer when the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Foundation brings Nashville Salutes: A Tribute to Our Nation’s Most Honored Heroes to the city August 6–8. In the first of a series of events leading up to the special celebration, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) will launch a unique Character Development Program (CDP) education initiative on January 27, 2015. The launch will include training for teachers and administrators from Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
The CMOHF was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor recipients. Currently there are 79 living recipients.
Nashville Salutes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Nashville and Middle Tennessee to celebrate and honor the nation’s living Medal of Honor recipients for the values and character they exemplify. Nashville Salutes will include multiple events between now and August when the formal three-day celebration kicks off in Nashville. Many events will be open to the general public, allowing them to interact and participate with Medal of Honor recipients, culminating in a gala event at the Music City Center on Saturday, August 8. Funds raised through sponsorships, and awareness generated through public outreach, will support the CDP education initiative.
“Nashville Salutes is our opportunity to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor by adopting the Foundation’s Character Development Program throughout Middle Tennessee,” said retired Lt. Gen. Dennis Cavin, chairman of Nashville Salutes. “The CDP is a valuable resource to educate our youth and inspire them to be great citizens of our communities and our nation. Not only will the week’s activities celebrate the recipients’ lives, we will honor them by launching this remarkable educational tool in Middle Tennessee.”
The CDP initiative is a set of curriculum aimed at middle and high school students to teach them about character while practicing academic skills like writing, critical thinking and analysis of complex text. The CMOHF intends to spread the program throughout the nine-county region. Supported by a grant from the General Electric Foundation, the CMOHF worked with educators for more than two years to develop lesson plans drawing on the ideals embodied in the Medal of Honor and their application in daily life. In 2013, Tennessee State Senator Becky Massey sponsored and the 108th General Assembly passed a joint resolution encouraging the use of CDP in all public schools to meet the state’s character education requirement.
Middle Tennessee teachers will participate in voluntary training beginning January 27. Additional training opportunities will be made available in the coming months. Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. Roger Donlon will be on hand for the first training session to discuss his personal experiences and the importance of the CDP program.
Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. Roger Donlon; CEO of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Ron Rand; and Tennessee teachers from Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation CDP Training
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Donlon will discuss the importance of the CDP program for the Medal of Honor Society.
Donlon will be available for media interviews immediately following his remarks. Please respond to Amanda Anderson at 615-297-7766 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a member of the media and wish to attend.
Aegis Sciences Corporate Training Center
501 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
For more information about Nashville Salutes: A Tribute to Our Nation’s Most Honored Heroes, or to see a full list of currently scheduled events, please visit mohnashville.com. For additional information about the CDP education initiative, including teacher and student testimonials, visit Nashville Salutes’ YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/mohnashvillesalutes.
Nashville Salutes is privileged to have Congressman Diane and Dr. David Black as Presenting Sponsors.
Fact and Figures
About the Congressional Medal of Honor
Created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest, and rarest, military decoration. It is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States.” Fewer than 3,500 individuals have received the Medal, half of which have been posthumously. There are currently only 79 living recipients. This is one of the lowest levels in history.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
In 1958, the United States Congress chartered the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The purpose of the Society, among other things, is to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor; to promote and perpetuate the principles upon which our nation is founded and to foster patriotism and inspire and stimulate our youth to become worth citizens of our country. The living recipients of the Medal of Honor constitute the members of the Society.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Founded by the Medal of Honor Society in 1999, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists through fundraising and direct support, key initiatives of the Society including the Medal of Honor Character Development Program.
• The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to U. S. Army Private Jacob Parrott.
• The last award of the Medal of Honor was made posthumously November 06, 2014 to U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant ALONZO H. CUSHING.
• There have been 3,493 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
• Today there are 79 Living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
• For more statistics and Frequently Asked Questions about the Medal of Honor, please visit http://www.cmohs.org/medal-faq.php.