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Louisville, Kentucky Selected to Host the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:00 am EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Louisville Medal of Honor 2011 Convention Host Committee and the City of Louisville jointly announce the Congressional Medal of Honor Society selects Louisville to host its 2011 national convention, a first for the city and the state. The convention will be held September 27, 2011 – October 1, 2011. Louisville was selected based on the committee’s vision and merits of the presentation, as well as the support of over 40 organizations and associations.

“We are all very impressed with your hard work, preparation and organization and we are excited to come to Louisville in 2011,” said Congressional Medal of Honor Board President, Col (Ret) Robert Howard.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society holds an annual convention for those distinguished service members who have received this prestigious award and their families to come together and remember all they have sacrificed, and those they have lost along the way. There have been 3,448 recipients receive this award since 1863 in our nation’s history, and only 97 are alive today. Kentucky has 42 honorees accredited to the state, as well as the distinct honor of having the only woman to ever be awarded this medal, and it was done so during the Civil War.

“Louisville is glad to welcome these national heroes to our city,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “We’re a city full of history – and full of possibilities. The men and women of the Medal of Honor Society will discover a warm, inviting and patriotic city in Louisville.”

“We are thrilled to have this honor of hosting this wonderful convention in Louisville,” said Julius “Bud” Berthold, BG (Ret.) co-chair of the Louisville Bid committee. “The selection of our great city provides this community, both civilian and military, the opportunity to honor those individuals that have gone far above and beyond the call of duty, risking their own life to subdue the enemy and protect their comrade in arms and the freedoms that we enjoy. Their humbleness is most inspiring, in spite of the extraordinary bravery of their deeds. In addition to the businesses of this area, we look forward to Fort Knox, Army & Air National Guard, the Reserves and veteran organizations supporting the convention of these great heroes.”

“One of the main goals of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society is to reach out and inspire our youth,” said Constance “Connie” Clark-Baker, co-chair of the Louisville Bid committee. “We are looking forward to the whole community coming together to welcome these heroes, as well as organizing school visits where our children can meet real-life role models in person.”

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military award bestowed. The Medal of Honor was initiated by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and it is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who while a member of the armed services distinguishes him or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Special thanks to Humana Military Healthcare Services, the South Region TRICARE contractor for the Department of Defense, for committing to be the major sponsor for the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention. Sponsorship opportunities, at various levels are available. For additional information, please contact Connie Baker at 502-235-9674.

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Humana Military Healthcare Services
Julie Ice, 502-301-6982
jice@humana.com