December 21, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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December 21, 1861 – Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. The Medal of Honor is United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of Congress. Although the medal is sometimes referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor, the original and official title is the “Medal of Honor”. There are three versions of the medal, one for the Army, one for the Navy, and one for the Air Force. Members of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard receive the Navy version. The Medal of Honor is usually presented by the President at the White House in a formal ceremony intended to represent the gratitude of the…

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