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History Happy Hour: Inspiring America - The Medal of Honor and the White House

History Happy Hour is a weekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

In this episode of History Happy Hour, representatives of the National Medal of Honor Museum, including two Medal of Honor recipients, share the history and meaning behind the United States military’s highest award for valor in combat. Since it was first signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, the Medal has been awarded to individuals who went above and beyond in service to our nation. And through the years, White House Medal of Honor ceremonies have allowed presidents to express the gratitude of the American people to recipients for their courageous defense of freedom. Now you can learn about the Medal – and the values it represents – from individuals who earned it themselves.