Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Today at the White House, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Home Post will carry the ceremony live starting at 12:40 p.m. PDT.
Congress... called for a review in 2002 of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice.
During the review, records of several Soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was amended to allow these Soldiers to be honored with the upgrade - in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American Soldiers.
Just three of the 24 soldiers receiving the Medal of Honor are still alive, and all three served in the Vietnam War:
The families of the 21 remaining soldiers will be on hand at the White House ceremony to accept the Medal of Honor on their loved ones' behalf.
Here's a full list of the Medal of Honor recipients:
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