2012 Citizen Service Before Self Honorees Recognized Nationally
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Honored an Outstanding Boy Scout
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation today honored nationally the 2012 Citizen Service Before Self Honorees. The 2012 Honorees were recognized at a ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. by our nation’s most honored heroes, the fewer than 85 living Medal of Honor recipients, who comprise the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The three unsung heroes are:
- James McCormick of New Haven, W.Va. for selflessly helping hundreds of homeless veterans find jobs and housing through his non-profit, Raising Cane Farms;
- Montell Mixon of Saint Paul, Minn. for valiantly rescuing a woman from her burning home after she had been locked in the bathroom by her boyfriend who had set the house on fire on Aug. 16, 2011; and,
- Brandon Wemhoff of Lincoln, Neb. for heroically risking his own life in an attempt to protect the people around him by foiling a robbery on May 29, 2011.
Following a Medal of Honor Day wreath laying ceremony, the Citizen Service Before Self Honors and American Spirit Award ceremonies were held near the shadow of the Tomb of the Unknowns at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 23, 2012, in conjunction with Medal of Honor Day, which is March 25th. During the ceremony, each honoree received a Citizen Service Before Self Honors medal and an embossed certificate signed by the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Approximately 20 Medal of Honor recipients were in attendance.
General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided a keynote; Kimberly Dozier, correspondent for Associated Press, emceed the ceremony. Sponsors of the 2012 Citizen Service Before Self Honors initiative are Lockheed Martin Corporation, T. Boone Pickens Foundation, The Boeing Company, and the TriWest Healthcare Alliance.
“I, along with all of the living Medal of Honor recipients, salute James McCormick, Montell Mixon and Brandon Wemhoff, for their selfless acts," said Harold Fritz, President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and a Foundation board member. “As true heroes among us, these three remarkable recipients epitomize the Citizen Service Before Self Honors concept of ‘service before self’ and are truly deserving of this award. Their actions are an inspiration to Americans everywhere.”
After a nationwide search and selection process, a panel including Medal of Honor recipient representation, selected 20 finalists. From among the finalists, a second panel of Medal of Honor recipients selected three individuals to receive the prestigious civilian honors, Citizen Service Before Self Honors. Complete profiles for each of the three recipients are listed on the program’s website: www.CitizenServiceBeforeSelfHonors.org.
At the ceremony, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Society also presented the American Spirit Award to Spencer Zimmerman, a 15-year-old Boy Scout from Phoenix, Ariz. for his extraordinary initiative and selflessness. In 2010, Zimmerman empowered his best friend who has cerebral palsy to experience and complete the unthinkable—a triathlon. The American Spirit Award is presented to an individual or group that has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and skill, the courage of their convictions, and a commitment to high standards of excellence in a challenging situation
ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country and to inspire our youth to become worthy, dedicated citizens of our country. It consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor recipients. Today, there are fewer than 85 members, who come from all social classes and race, ethnic and economic backgrounds. They range in age from 23 to 95 and live in all areas of our country. For more information, visit www.cmohs.org.
ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the Medal of Honor’s legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism. The Foundation supports the objectives, activities and outreach programs of the Society, and raises funds for initiatives such as Citizen Service Before Self Honors, that promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents. For more information, visit www.cmohfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/pages/Congressional-Medal-of-Honor-Foundation/323563401016848.
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