Medal of Honor Valor Trail

In the Footsteps of Heroes
What is the 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.

Congressional Medal of Honor for US Marines
Congressional Medal of Honor memorial by Gage Skidmore
Alexander Scott grave marker
USS Constitution
Mississippi Medal of Honor recipients
Medal of Honor Monument by Scott Ellis
Medal of Honor the Gallery of Heroes at the Hawaii Army Museum
National Medal of Honor Museum

“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.”

- Abraham Lincoln

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers...”

- President John F. Kennedy

“We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these.”

- President Harry S. Truman

“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.”

- President George H. W. Bush
Medal of Honor Valor Trail Logo
Ultimate Valor

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

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the American Battlefield Trust are working to put valor on the map, highlighting the places most connected to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and sharing their remarkable stories. Relevant sites span centuries and circle the globe, meaning potential stops include:


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The Medal of Honor Life

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

Stories of History & Heroism
Every Medal a story to be told; every recipient a part of something greater. Begin to explore the inspiring lives of those who have worn the Medal of Honor.