Published on : Monday, August 4, 2014
Knoxville Convention Center To Host 2014 Medal Of Honor ConventionThe Knoxville Convention Center, host site for the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention on Sept. 10-13, is honored to hold the event at its facility.
“To be selected to host the Medal of Honor Convention is a great honor for our facility and for our city,” Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert said. “We are very thankful for the service of these heroes and are proud to host the event that honors their incredible actions and bravery in serving our country.”
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action by members of the armed forces. The award is presented by the president of the United States of America in the name of Congress to individuals who have performed extraordinary acts of bravery in military service in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines.
The Medal of Honor began in 1861 when President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing 200 medals to be produced to honor extraordinary military service. Since the Civil War, approximately 3,500 war heroes have been bestowed with the Medal of Honor. Of those individuals, approximately 80 recipients are still living. Organizers expect that many of these recipients will attend the convention in Knoxville.
The 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society award recipients also will be honored at the Patriot Awards Gala at the Knoxville Convention Center on Sept. 13. Those awards include:
More than 30 of the Medal of Honor recipients are from Tennessee or have strong ties to the state. In 2014, Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, a retired paratrooper who fought alongside an East Tennessee native killed in Afghanistan, became the ninth living recipient to be awarded the nation’s highest award for valor in combat for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Source:- Knoxville Convention Center