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Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Sunday, September 22, 2013

150th Event

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society will convene for their annual convention September 18-22, 2013. It is significant that Gettysburg was chosen as the site for the convention as the Society will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the awarding of the first Medal of Honor in March of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg (from where 63 Medals were bestowed), Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address and the 55th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s chartering of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

To celebrate this unique opportunity to host these distinguished Americans, there will be select events over the course of the convention that will be open to the public. While details are still being confirmed, the events are listed below. Please be sure to check out the website –www.cmoh2013.org – for updates throughout the year. For questions concerning the convention, please call 202.587.2724 and request to speak with Samantha Meyer, or contact her via email at meyer@cmoh2013.org

 

Thursday, Sept. 19
Autograph signing session with Medal of Honor Recipients

Come meet our American heroes in person! Tickets will be required to attend. Please visit www.cmoh2013.org to learn more.
Location: Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg

 

Friday, Sept. 20
Town Hall Meeting featuring interviews with Medal of Honor Recipients

Recipients will be interviewed live at the Gettysburg College campus. Come hear their remarkable stories and have an opportunity to participate in the discussion.
Location: Gettysburg College

 

Friday, Sept. 20
Evening Concert on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Join us for a free historic and commemorative concert at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. Tickets will be required to attend and transportation will be provided to and from the concert from predetermined parking lots. Please visit www.cmoh2013.org for more information and featured entertainment announcements!
Location: The Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

 

Saturday, Sept. 21
Patriot Award Dinner

The final event of the convention recognizes worthy individuals who embody the mission of the Society. Awards that will be presented include the Patriot Award, the “Tex” McCrary Award for Journalism, the Bob Hope Award for Entertainment and the Distinguished Citizen Award. Please visit www.cmoh2013.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how to obtain tickets.
Location: Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg

 

 

 

Finding Inspiration on the Gettysburg Battlefields.

We all find inspiration in different things. For some it may be the stories of heroics we watch on the news or in those who overcome hardship to find success. For others it may be within the pages of a book, a lecture from a teacher, or a letter from a loved one. But what about the battlegrounds of the Civil War fought over 145 years ago?

The Civil War ended in 1863 however, it continues to impact the lives of many Americans. In 1915 one man in particular felt the power of this war as he stood on the Gettysburg battlefields, a young West Point cadet, nearly 72 years after the war had ended. Inspired, his life led him to return four years later as the commander of an army tank corps training center which was located on the fields of Pickett’s charge. From there, he cultivated a strong military career including becoming a 5 star general, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in WW2, President of Columbia University, and the Supreme Commander of NATO. But he wasn’t finished yet. He then continued on to become the 34th President of the United States.

Dwight D Eisenhower was and still is a household name for the legacy he created with his determination and intelligence. But most of us don’t think of his ties to the Gettysburg battlefields. Many are still unaware that he and his wife, Mamie, purchased a beautiful farm in Gettysburg. After renovations were completed in 1955, they used their inspirational home for holidays and weekends. He frequently hosted world leaders and used the battlefields to make his point that many lessons can be gleamed from events in history. When he suffered a heart attack during his presidential term, the home became a temporary White House including a secret service checkpoint and security buildings that still stand today.

After Dwight had fulfilled his two consecutive Presidential Terms, the Eisenhowers retired to their farm. He lived out his last years surrounded by the inspiration that drove him to greatness. He passed away at the age of 78 in 1969. His wife Mamie continued to live on the property until she passed away in 1979. The farm was donated to the National Park Service who took over in 1980. Today, it is open to the public. People visit from far and wide with an eager curiosity to learn about the life of this great man and his wife and in hopes of finding some inspiration of their own.

Want to learn more about the Eisenhowers? You can! There is a virtual museum full of information and pictures about their lives. You can view it at www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/eise/index.html. In addition to the online museum, you can visit the farm. Contact the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center for details. Dwight was inspired to greatness by the Civil War and the battlegrounds on which it was fought. He shared this with many throughout his career. What inspiration for your life will you find on the battlefields of Gettysburg?