Bennet Encourages Coloradans to Nominate Local Unsung Heroes for Prestigious National Honor

Citizen Service Above Self Honors Presented by Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is encouraging Coloradans to submit nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, presented by the Medal of Honor Society to recognize and honor ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their courage and selflessness.

The society—which is comprised of the fewer than 90 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor—gives the awards annually to three individuals nationwide who have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular act of extraordinary heroism or through their continued commitment to putting others before themselves. 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.

Coloradans may submit an eligible nominee by completing the online nomination form on the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website,  The nomination period ends on Friday, February 10, 2012. 

A panel will consider all nominations and select national finalists. Finalists will be announced on Monday, February 27, 2012.  From among those finalists, a second panel of Medal of Honor recipients will select three individuals to receive Citizen Service Before Self Honors.  The recipients will be announced on Monday, March 12, 2012, and honored at a ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day.  The ceremony will be held near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, VA

Profiles for each of the finalists will be available on the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website and each finalist will receive an embossed framed certificate signed by the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.