Medal of Honor Character Development Program

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Medal of Honor Character Development Program

Saw this on Fox this morning and have long thought it was an amazing program:

From the website:

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program is a curriculum resource built on the values of courage, commitment, sacrifice, citizenship, integrity, and patriotism. Its living history videos and accompanying lessons teach students that ordinary people can meet great challenges and make the world around them a better place. Each lesson highlights skills such as writing, collaboration, and critical thinking. With two available curriculum options (elementary and secondary), the resources are appropriate for K-12 students and beyond. Assignments and activities fit efficiently into existing disciplines, time periods, and schedules. 

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You can find additional information about the Elementary Resource, Middle and High School Resource, Webinars, and Professional Development Workshops in the tabs below.

I especially like the Fox video because one of my favorite recipients, Legionnaire Gary Beikirch is a part of it, and he's perfect, being not only a Medal of Honor recipient but also a retired high school guidance counsellor.

A bit more if you want to see about getting this program in your local schools:


For more on the program, read the Legion Magazine article by Henry Howard:

Staff Sgt. Webster Anderson suffered severe wounds to both legs in an assault by the North Vietnamese when two grenades exploded at his feet. Unable to stand, he continued to fight, attempting to toss away another grenade that landed near a wounded member of his gun crew. When it exploded, Anderson lost an arm, but he’d saved his men.

 “I flew in and picked up what was left of Webster after he had inspired his men to defeat the communists,” recalls retired Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a Dustoff helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. “Miraculously, the medics saved his life, but his efforts to save his men cost him both legs and an arm, and earned the Medal of Honor. Webster and I became close, and some years later we were speaking at a school in Oklahoma. One of the youngsters asked Webster if he would do what he did again, knowing what it would cost him.

“Webster’s answer moves me to this day. He said, ‘Young man, I only have one arm left, but my country can have it any time they want.’”

Such extraordinary stories of courage and heroism set apart the small group of Americans who wear the nation’s highest military decoration. Though Anderson died in 2003, Brady and the other 80 or so living recipients of the Medal of Honor are still inspiring students with their stories through the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Character Development Program (CDP).

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