My husband, Roger, and I were recently honored to have Wreaths Across America founder Morrill Worcester, and executive director, Karen Worcester, as our guests for the 16th Annual Circle of Honor Gala at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHFD). It is a wonderful two-day event held in New York City. On the first day we attended the closing bell ceremony and then went to a private dinner at Tribeca Grill hosted by Mr. Richard Grasso, a former President of the NYSE.

Day two was a beautiful, snowy day and we enjoyed the company of the Worcesters as we watched the large snowflakes cover the city that never sleeps.  That evening we gathered in the lobby of the hotel to board the bus to the Gala and were happy to be reunited with our good friends, Jim Palmersheim, the Managing Director of Veterans’ Initiatives for American Airline (who was being recognized for his many years of contributions with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s (CMOHS) highest award, the Patriot Award) and Gary Sinise (who was receiving the Circle of Honor Award given by the CMOHFD). Gary graciously posed for a picture with the Worcesters and commented on how much he loves and respects the work that Wreaths ACross America is doing.

On the next day we traveled to Washington, DC, for ceremonies on National Medal of Honor Day. Again, the Worcesters joined us for the “Citizen Honors Awards” which America’s Medal of Honor Recipients created in 2008. The purpose of the awards is to recognize Americans who reflect, through courage and selfless service, the values embodied in the Medal of Honor…courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship and patriotism. From 2008 to 2015 three awards were presented each year by the Medal of Honor Recipients, two for acts of courage and one for an act of selfless service. In 2016, the Young Hero Award was created to recognize young Americans for their courage and service and the Community Service Hero Award was introduced to honor a community-based organization for exceptional impact in support of our Nation’s military and their families.

All of the 30 Medal of Honor Recipients in attendance during the four days of events were glad to have a chance to meet Morrill and Karen. As we wrapped up our time of sharing an incredible journey together we gave the good news to the Worcesters that they too would be receiving the CMOHS “Patriot Award” at our next gathering in Bentonville, Ark., on April 20, 2018!  

The mission to REMEMBER… HONOR…TEACH… along with their passion, dedication, allegiance to our flag and love of their fellow man has resonated with millions of Americans across this land and makes them more than worthy to receive this important recognition.

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