The Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military distinction for valor, has been presented to fewer than 3,500 service members, many of them posthumously, since the Civil War. In tribute to the 80 living recipients, American transported a group of these distinguished heroes from New York to Washington, D.C., on March 23, where they were recognized in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day.
Following their arrival at Reagan Washington National Airport, the group attended a private luncheon during which American reaffirmed its commitment to all living Medal of Honor recipients through a presentation of pledges and honoring them as American’s highest valued customers with elite status recognition.
While in Washington, D.C., the recipients participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, as well as made visits to other monuments and receptions in their honor.
American has a long history of honoring our nation’s troops and the freedoms they so valiantly defend, and this is simply one of many ways we recognize and thank them for their service. We hope you’ll join us.