Standard Speaker 25 June 1996 Hazleton Pa
conduct the meeting. The public is invited to attend and express their concerns or opinions pertaining pertaining to the township. Medal of Honor has long history The Medal of Honor is the highest military award for bravery bravery that can be conferred on a member of the American armed forces. It is bestowed for a deed of supreme valor. More often than not, the Medal of Honor is awarded posthumously. Congress established the Medal of Honor in 1861. Because it was the only military medal in existence and the criteria for the award were rather broad, the Medal of Honor was not bestowed very selectively during its early history. history. In one case, President Abraham Lincoln awarded the Medal of Honor to each member of a Massachusetts infantry regiment regiment who volunteered to re-enlist re-enlist re-enlist in the Union Army. To restore the prestige of the Medal of Honor, Congress established established a board in 1916 to review all past awards. The board rescinded 911 of the 2,625 Medals of Honor issued before 1916. Congress also clarified the criteria for awarding the Medal of Honor by decreeing that it be reserved for those who ". . . in action involving actual conflict with the enemy distinguish himself conspicuously by gallantry gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty." In addition to these criteria, the Navy's Medal of Honor has been awarded for saving lives at sea. To ensure that only the "bravest of the brave" were awarded the Medal of Honor, the armed services established other medals to recognize courageous courageous acts that didn't necessarily necessarily warrant the nation's highest award. Because of stricter standards and the creation of other medals to honor gallant actions, the number of Medal of Honor awards decreased significantly in the 20th century. Only 123 Medals of Honor were approved in World War I and only 435 in World War II. During the Korean War, 131 Medals of Honor were awarded, and 240 were bestowed during the Vietnam Vietnam War.