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10:47 a.m. March 24, 2012
Knoxville Selected For 2014 National Congressional Medal of Honor Convention

KNOXVILLE -- The Congressional Medal of Honor Society has voted unanimously to select Knoxville, Tennessee as the host city for its 2014 Medal of Honor convention planned for October 1-4, 2014. Knoxville was selected following a competitive evaluation process including consideration of its convention event plan, commitment to veterans, travel accessibility, and sponsorship commitments, among other criteria. The four-day convention will include public and private activities for Medal of Honor recipients, culminating with the Patriot Gala at the Knoxville Convention Center.

"The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was overwhelmed by Knoxville's presentation. Not only was it thorough but it was truly exciting for us to see the enthusiasm Tennessee has for its veterans and Medal of Honor recipients," said Congressional Medal of Honor Society president Harold "Hal" Fritz.

Joe Thompson chairs the steering committee of more than 50 veterans, business leaders, politicians, and ordinary citizens. "We are thrilled to host this monumental event in Knoxville, especially since it marks two very important milestones: the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II," said Thompson.

The Medal of Honor, more commonly known as the Congressional Medal of Honor, was created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration given by the United States government. 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 an enemy of the United States." In its 150+ year history, the Medal has been bestowed to fewer than 3,500 individuals. Presently, there are only 81 living recipients.

Published March 24, 2012

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