The Grand Ole Opry will host and honor 27 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients on the August 7 Opry as part of the three-day (Aug 6-8) event Nashville Salutes: A Tribute to Our Nation’s Greatest Heroes and Tennessee’s Congressional Medal of Honor “Service & Sacrifice” week. The 27 Medal of Honor heroes who will be in attendance include veterans who bravely served and sacrificed in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the War on Terror. Opry members Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers are scheduled to perform as well as Mark Wills, Mickey Guyton, and RaeLynn.
The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest and rarest military decoration. It is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress, upon members of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States.”
Nashville Salutes organization supports the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s (CMOHF) Character Development Program (CDP) education initiative. The CDP initiative is a set of curriculum aimed at middle and high school students to teach them about character while practicing academic skills like writing, critical thinking and analysis of complex text. The CMOHF intends to spread the program throughout the nine-county region of Middle Tennessee including, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
In addition to the Grand Ole Opry, the heroes will participate in town hall and school visits on Friday, August 7, to discuss the unique CDP education initiative. On Saturday, August 8, Medal of Honor recipients will participate in a parade through downtown and enjoy a celebration gala honoring their service. For a full list of scheduled events for “Nashville Salutes: A Tribute To Our Nation’s Greatest Heroes” go to Facebook.com/NashvilleSalutes or visit mohnashville.com. For additional information about the CDP education initiative, including teacher and student testimonials, visit www.cmoedu.org.
The CMOHF was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor recipients. Currently there are 79 living recipients. Nashville Salutes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Nashville and Middle Tennessee to celebrate and honor the nation’s living Medal of Honor recipients for the values and character they exemplify. Both the Governor of Tennessee and the Mayor of Nashville have declared the week of August 3-9 as Service and Sacrifice week.