Medal of Honor Valor Trail
The Valor Trail is a marriage of story and place for the full lineage of the Medal of Honor, from the Civil War into the 21st century. The Medal of Honor represents the very best of what we as Americans aspire to be and marrying those incredible stories to the places where we can feel closest to them, we hope to inspire a new generation to live up to our highest promise and purpose.
It is envisioned to include far more than battlefields, recognizing that many other sites are profoundly connected to the lives and legacies of recipients. Plaques or signs – as well as entries on a digital trail – could be appropriate at birthplaces or in hometowns, at statues, cemeteries or namesake sites – even in museums with relevant exhibits and collections. We even hope to create exhibit materials that can travel the country, sharing the legacy of the Medal and its recipients.
The Valor Trail explores the places most deeply linked with Medal of Honor recipients, marrying those incredible stories to the places where we can feel closest to them.
Discover the locations where Medal of Honor recipients have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and share in their remarkable stories of heroism and bravery.
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
“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.”