In April 1970, then-Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in advancing enemy lines, single-handedly destroying enemy forces that pinned down his battalion, and saving a fallen comrade, all while suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Forty-five years after two volunteer deployments to Vietnam, Melvin Morris was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House for his valorous actions while commanding the Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force near ChiLang.
Many school children learn about pivotal historical happenings not from their textbooks but from feature films. Used judiciously, historical fiction can be a rich resource in the classroom, engaging students’ interest and providing educators a ready audience for discussing fact, fiction, and interpretation.
For his actions in the October 3, 2009 battle at Outpost Keating in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor. Five years later, in this interview with Medal of Honor Foundation President Ron Rand, Romesha reflects on that day and the direction his life has taken since.
We all launch into a new school year with enthusiasm and determination: “I’ll get good grades, have perfect attendance”…then reality sets in: This is HARD! How can we engage students in active learning and help them to maintain that September momentum throughout the entire school year?
Many students struggle when asked to define abstract values like commitment or courage. Artistic expression is as varied as the artistic talent of our students, so everyone can succeed at these projects.
Patriotism is about much more than flying a flag on the 4th of July or being an American citizen. Stories of Medal of Honor Recipients and Citizen Heroes can inspire students to put patriotism into action by being active members of their communities, schools, and families.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President & CEO, Ronald T. Rand, interviewed Vietnam-era Medal of Honor Recipient, Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr., who shared his thoughts on the Medal of Honor and some of his experiences both during his military service and afterwards.
The Character Development program is free, easily accessible, applicable to Common Core, and can be implemented in any grade level. In this webinar, join the dialogue on how to engage students year-round in recognizing veterans and their sacrifice through service projects, school-wide events, and classroom lessons.
The MOH Character Development Program allows students to use critical thinking skills as they explore primary sources. Students can analyze complex academic language, identify tone and purpose of primary sources, and increase their ability to use primary sources in evidence based writing.
“You can be a hero.” That was the message that Medal of Honor Recipient, Hal Fritz conveyed to the students that took part in a special webinar with their teachers.