For Immediate Release
January 20, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation today announced they are now accepting nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, a unique way to celebrate ordinary citizens who become extraordinary through amazing acts of valor.
“This tremendous honor is a fitting way for the City of Boston to celebrate its finest citizens, who go above and beyond the call of duty to selflessly serve their neighbor,” Mayor Menino said. “These people are true heroes.”
There are fewer than 90 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor – The Medal of Honor. Citizen Service Before Self Honorees represent those same values of courage, sacrifice, and selfless service. Mayor Menino and the Medal of Honor recipients encourage individuals to nominate any American who has clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others, whether through a single act of extraordinary heroism or through a series of selfless acts.
The nominee’s actions must epitomize the concept of “service before self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional area of responsibility or conduct.
Last year, Boston’s Marie Conley was posthumously honored with the award.
Conley, 59, was working as a Boston Police Civilian School Crossing Traffic Supervisor when in 2008 she shielded a young child from an oncoming vehicle, giving her own life to save the child. That October, she was directing traffic when a car failed to stop. She saw a child crossing the street, and she ran, pushed the child out of the way, and was struck and killed.
Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 10. Citizens may submit an eligible nominee by completing the nomination form online at CitizenServiceBeforeSelfHonors.org.
The recipients will be announced on Monday, March 12 and will be honored at a ceremony March 23 in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day. The ceremony will be held near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.