Medal of Honor Valor Trail
The Medal of Honor Valor Trail™ connects you to the places most deeply linked with Medal of Honor recipients from the Civil War through the 21st century – battlefields, birth and burial places, namesake sites, monuments and museums. Its goal is to connect powerful stories to tangible places, creating meaningful connections to the past.
“Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause… who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.”
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers...”
“We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these.”
“These special people represent the very heart and soul of America. They come from all walks of life and nearly every state in our great nation.”
The Medal of Honor Valor Trail seeks to put America’s most singular award into context with the nation that sustains it. This vision extends even to our logo, where the iconic Valor Blue field and 13-star configuration present on the ribbon supporting the Medal worn by recipients is paired with the symbolic folded flag familiar to millions of Americans from military funerals.
Envisioning the Places of Valor
Few of us will ever experience combat, far fewer still will meet the occasion with sufficient valor, gallantry or unwavering devotion to earn the Medal. But in our own ways, we can exhibit the characteristics that set recipients apart, and showcase the very best of humanity