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Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Seeking Citizen Heroes

February 2, 2011

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is currently seeking nominations for its Citizen Service Before Self Honors award.

The “citizen hero” nominees should have clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others, either through a single act of heroism or through a prolonged series of selfless acts.

In all cases, the actions being honored must epitomize the concept of “service before self.” Nominees can be deceased, but the act or acts of heroism must have occured within the last three years.

Last year, the Citizen Service Before Self Honor was awarded to a man in South Dakota who sacrificed his own life while saving two others in Lake Madison; a California man who rescued a semi-conscious woman from her vehicle before it sank in a canal; and a surgeon from Arizona who has volunteered his medical services in Haiti, the Congo, and the Ivory Coast.

The award itself is presented by the nation’s most honored heros, the roughly 90 living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. In its 150-year history, the medal has been awarded fewer than 3,500 times.

Nominations can be submitted online at, and the deadline is Friday, February 18th. Finalists will be selected by a review board of Medal of Honor recipients and announced Monday, March 7th.

Three finalists will be selected to recieve the award at a ceremony at Arlington Cemetery on Friday, March 25th.

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