Wednesday marked Medal of Honor Day in Cleburne and a call from Mayor Scott Cain for all residents to pause in honor of the service men and the one women who have received the award through the years.

“Texans are deeply patriotic and have a strong history of supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces,” Cain said. “The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation has selected Texas as the official home for the National Medal of Honor Museum and I encourage the city of Cleburne along with the Cleburne City Council and residents of our community to declare a Moment of Honor to be held at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.”

Marty Peters, past state president of the American Legion Auxiliary, likewise encouraged residents both to honor and learn more about the recipients of the medal.

“The members of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary hold these brave heros in highest esteem,” Peters said. “Their sacrifices exceeded those of so many others and, even though we are at this moment of this year otherwise focused on the COVID-19 situation it is still important that we never forget and always take a moment to remember and honor our brave service members and the sacrifices they made for us.”

Research conducted by Peters and others turned up no records of any Medal of Honor recipients from Cleburne or Johnson County.

“None that we could find,” Peters said. “We may, however, have people related to Medal of Honor recipients living in the county but have so far not found any. If any are here we would love to hear from them. 

“Either way, the sacrifices made by our Medal of Honor recipients benefitted all of us as Americans leaving us with a duty of respect and honor in their memory.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in combat awarded across all branches of the United States military and has been awarded to 3,525 recipients, 86 of whom are now buried in Texas. 

President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation from Congress creating the Medal of Honor in 1861 and the first was awarded in 1863. Mary Edward Walker, a Civil War surgeon, is the sole female to have received the award.

Former President George H.W. Bush in 1990 signed into law legislation declaring March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day.

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