Orange County is the site for the 15th Biennial Convention of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, opening today and continuing through Saturday at the Irvine Hilton and Towers.
The society, comprised of living Medal of Honor recipients, was created in 1958 by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The goals of the society are to foster comradeship among medal holders; to protect, uphold and preserve the dignity and honor of the medal; to provide appropriate aid to medal recipients, their widows and children; to inspire youth, and to foster Americanism.
This is the first time the society's convention has been held in Orange County, and more than 200 members and their families are expected to attend. Activities will include a welcome reception and business meetings for members of the society and excursions throughout the county, culminating with a black-tie dinner on Saturday. Earlier that day, society members will be honored during a ceremony at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
The Medal of Honor, often called the Congressional Medal of Honor, is the highest award for bravery in the pyramid of awards and honors for U.S. military service. The medal is awarded for a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice, above and beyond the call of duty.