Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge: Medals of Honor Are About Love, Not War

Image of the Medal of Honor Grove via the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Despite being awarded for heroic actions during war, Medals of Honor are an expression of love and sacrifice, writes Kevin Ferris, the Vice President of Communications for the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, in the Washington Examiner.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor against an enemy force in the nation. Since 1862, when Abraham Lincoln approved the legislation to create the medal, only 3,504 men and one woman have received this distinction.

One of these men is Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, who will receive the award posthumously today, March 27. Atkins made the ultimate sacrifice by putting himself between a suicide bomber and his fellow soldiers in Iraq 12 years ago. His Medal of Honor will be the fifth presented for actions taken during the Iraq War.

As one of the speakers said during a ceremony at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge’s Medal of Honor Grove, their actions were guided by love, not hate.

“Why did these recipients do what they did?” said the speaker. “They’re about love.”

Read more about the Medal of Honor in the Washington Examiner here.

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