The first Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award for valor in action against an enemy force, was presented on March 25, 1863. The United States Congress designated March 25 of each year as the National Medal of Honor Day. Governor Mark Dayton also will proclaim March 25 as Medal of Honor Day in the State of Minnesota.
Since the Civil War, brave men and women from the state of Minnesota have answered the call to defend and protect the freedoms we hold dear and several have gone beyond this call to duty, risking injury and loss of life. Medal of Honor recipients have distinguished themselves from others at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty by courage and intrepidity. According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society there have been 3,463 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
A plaque located in the Court of Honor at the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds serves as a permanent marker to honor the 56 Medal of Honor recipients associated with the State of Minnesota who have shown great bravery in defense of our country.
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces volunteer to serve our country and protect the freedoms we hold dear. They endure extreme hardships, leave their families and sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice. If they’re willing to do all this, shouldn’t we be willing to show our support?
Minnesota Veteran Lee R. Anderson Sr., owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc. was recently awarded by his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with their Distinguished Graduate Award. This is the highest honor a graduate can receive. Anderson received this award for his lifelong commitment to charitable causes especially his devotion to hiring and helping Veterans.
"The honor is the most significant that I have been given during my life. To be recognized by the institution that has become such a great part of my very being in almost beyond description. I am humbled by the award and recognition," said Anderson.
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Lynn and Paul Sansale, owners of Rescue Dog Art, enlisted the help of Mike Frattallone, of Frattallone ACE Hardware stores, to sell 1,000 of their 2013 Rescued Heroes calendars in his Twin City stores. “I am just lucky to be the only retail site that all the calendars sold at,” said Frattallone. “Gail Rosenblum with the Star Tribune wrote the first story on this and that same day we had people lined up to buy the calendars.”
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was founding principle is “Never again will one generation of Veterans abandon another.” They not only support each other, but they support the newest generations of America’s war Veterans that came after them.