Sunday, August 29, 2010

Resources for Writers #32: So Proudly We Hail

If you’re writing a story in which the military figures prominently—and the hero of your book is also a hero on the battlefield—it will help to know something about the medals awarded to those who fight for our freedom.

When speaking of medals, the Medal of Honor usually comes to mind first. Find the history of the medal and stories of the recipients from the Civil War to the present here. You’ll also want to check out the Official Site of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Check out this site for other US Army Individual Decorations such as the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and others.

 Silver Star                                                         DFC

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by the President of the United States, while not a military honor, is a prestigious one. Recipients from diverse fields are honored: business, economics, computing education, history, medicine, philosophy, science, sociology, space exploration, the arts (including film, literature, and music), journalism, radio and television, philanthropy, politics and government (including the military and even espionage!), sports, and humanitarian contributors. 

You’ll find the lists of recipients and their stories a fascinating read! And don't forget to scroll to the bottom left of this site and Say Thanks to some real heroes!

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