Military men and women inspire me - their loyalty, dedication, hard work and tenacity. Now, Chicago will get a chance to meet the best of the best.
I'm talking about military members who have earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. For those of you who don't know, the Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award presented for valor in combat.
To give you some perspective, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society notes the following information:
*An estimated 42 million Americans have served this country since the Civil War.
*Only 3,447 individuals have received the Medal of Honor - and most were awarded posthumously.
*Today, there are fewer than 100 living recipients.
Dozens of living recipients are expected to attend the Medal of Honor Convention in Chicago on September 15-19, 2009.
Mayor Richard Daley says Chicago is proud to be the host city.
"America is a great country, made even greater and stronger by the brave men and women who have fought for it," Daley said. "It's vital that we come together and honor the courageous men and women who served our country and defended the freedoms that we enjoy."
There are also events leading up to the September convention. The first one happens on Sunday, July 26th. The United States Coast Guard will present a concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. It is free and open to the public.
Please check out the Schedule of Events - July through September. This is just one small way all of us can recognize and pay tribute to the military's top honorees.
Be sure to watch Stacey Saturday and Sunday mornings on ABC7 News starting at 6:00 a.m.