edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation are Hosting a Series of Interviews with Medal of Honor Recipients
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. The Medal is generally presented to Recipients by the President of the United States. There are 3,499 Recipients of the Medal of Honor to date, and there are 72 living Recipients.
edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) are working together to present live interviews with Recipients of the Medal of Honor for educators and their middle and high school students. To date, edWeb and CMOHF have hosted 12 interviews that have reached thousands of teachers and students. Educators can join the Medal of Honor Character Development community on edWeb.net to access the recordings and resources of all past interviews, plus many recorded presentations and resources from the free CMOHF Character Development Program. This is an exceptional resource for character education and for commemorative activities for Veterans Day on November 11th.
The interviews have been conducted with Medal of Honor Recipients who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. These interviews are inspirational and a rare opportunity for students to hear directly from Recipients and also ask questions about their childhood, their military service, their courage, and their lifetime of service. The most recent fall 2017 interviews are available on both video and podcast with Recipient Robert D. Maxwell (World War II) and Recipient Sammy Davis (Vietnam).
Educators can register to attend with their students for the upcoming live interviews with Medal of Honor Recipient Robert Simanek (Korean War) on Thursday, October 26 at 1pm Eastern Time and Recipient Gary Littrell (Vietnam) on Wednesday, November 8 at 1pm Eastern Time. All interviews are recorded and can be watched on video or listened to as a podcast at a later time.
“Medal of Honor Recipients’ stories provide students with primary source material recounting important periods of American history. More importantly, the values reflected in those stories provide students with real-life examples of character in action, not just in wartime but in peacetime,” said Cathy Metcalf, Vice President of Education for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Lisa Schmucki, the founder of edWeb, commented, “It’s an incredible honor for us to work with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to host these interviews. Throughout the live chats during the interviews, students can ask questions to engage directly with the Medal of Honor Recipients. Teachers are overwhelming in their expression of gratitude for the service of these heroes and the opportunity to bring the stories of their lives into the classroom for their students to hear in person.”
Educators are invited to join the free Medal of Honor Character Development Program professional learning community on edWeb.net at www.edweb.net/cmoh, and can also access free downloadable Character Development lesson plans from the Medal of Honor Character Development Program.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal – courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism – the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488, the Foundation carries a rating of 4/4 stars for fiscal management, accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s premiere nonprofit evaluator.