CCSD's Welcome to Medal of Honor Recipients
Beginning on September 29, 2010, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society held its annual week-long convention in Charleston. The conference— sponsored by the South Carolina State Guard Foundation and the Citadel— provided trememendous opportunities for Charleston County School District (CCSD) students, staff, and partners to learn and participate. Medal of Honor events included a ceremony at Patriot's Point, a breakfast at the district office in honor of the attending recipients, and multiple school visits.
About the Medal of Honor Society
The Medal of Honor (MOH) is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It was created by Congress in 1861 and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. The medal is awarded by Congress and bestowed by the President of the United States. The only time the President of the United States must stand and salute is when a MOH recipient walks into the room.
To be recommended for a MOH a soldier must perform an act of personal bravery or self-sacrifice; the act must involve risk of life; and the action must represent gallantry above the call of duty and have at least two eyewitnesses. Since the Civil War, more than 39 million men and women have answered the call to serve. Of those, 3,463 served with such uncommon valor that they were presented the MOH, and today there are only 87 living recipients.
The Society & Charleston
CCSD students were involved in innumerable ways.
- School of the Arts (SOA) strings students performed at a Medal of Honor Board dinner at the Charleston Yacht Club.
- Art students from SOA, West Ashley High School, and Wando created three ten-foot banners that were used as backdrops for many of the festivities.
- 865 ROTC cadets formed a cordon, a two line honor tribute, as the recipients walked the pier to the Yorktown and as the Wando band performed.
- The Moultrie Middle band performed at the War Memorial Park in Mt. Pleasant.
- Ashley River Creative Arts and Charleston Development Academy each performed choral selections at the CCSD "Breakfast With the Heroes" event on October 1.
- 15 CCSD schools prepared amazing programs for MOH recipients who madeschool visits after the breakfast. Many of the schools created and presented gifts to their visitors including original artwork, sweetgrass basket, school shirts, a memory garden, gift baskets, andbooklets of student work. ROTChonor and color guards greetedrecipients ateach school. Military Magnet Academy had a "pass and review" of all of theircadets. At some schools,the recipients presented awards to students or faculty members.
A theme exemplified throughout the week was partnership. Since Charleston was selected as the host city four years ago, CCSD staff members have worked to work out all of the logistical details- including with curriculum alignment, food, transportation, and incorporating the fine arts. The district worked in close partnership with the South Carolina State Guard, The Citadel, and the other members of the local Medal of Honor Society planning committee.
The committee provided funds for various CCSD activities including funding for the arts and transportaion. Many of the events aligned with curriculum standards, and the committee donated instructional materials, including copies of the Medal of Honor books. State and local agencies worked closely with the district's security personnel and School Resource Officers to develop operational plans for each of the school visits. The Breakfast with the Heroes was made possible due to funds from the private sector.
Throughout the week, CCSD school communities proudly honored and learned from these true heroes.