The National WWII Museum will host the 2023 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention, the largest annual gathering of Medal of Honor Recipients, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Presented by Stephen G. and Regina Oswald Foundation, the Convention is one of our country’s most prestigious and patriotic events, providing unique opportunities for the public to engage with Recipients and be inspired to embody the values of the Medal of Honor in their own lives.
During the weeklong Convention in fall 2023, the Museum will partner with the City of New Orleans, the State of Louisiana, sponsors, the military community, and the community at large to welcome the 65 surviving Medal of Honor Recipients and their families, as well as the families and spouses of Recipients who have passed away. This incredible occasion will be a celebration of the American spirit, engaged citizenship, and courage—values that are at the core of the Museum’s and Society’s missions.
A series of public and private events will provide opportunities for the regional community to connect with Medal of Honor Recipients as they reunite in New Orleans for their annual meeting. Convention activities will include visits to local schools and veterans groups, a Museum block party for local families and the military community, as well as the highly anticipated Patriot Awards Gala, where the Society will honor individuals who promote the founding principles of our nation through their life’s work.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Chartered by Congress in 1958, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society is comprised solely of Medal of Honor Recipients and is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Medal of Honor and its Recipients, inspiring America and its veterans, and supporting the Recipients as they connect with communities across the country. The Society is a 501(c)(3) devoted to sharing the values of the Medal of Honor Recipients through outreach, education, and research.
The Society’s Convention & General Meeting, held annually at a different host organization or city across the country, serves:
- To further the camaraderie among all living Recipients of the Medal of Honor;
- To remember in reverence and respect those who received the Medal of Honor posthumously, and those who are now deceased;
- To foster patriotism and to inspire and stimulate our youth to become worthy citizens of our country; and
- To recognize and award patriotic Americans who promote and perpetuate the principles upon which our nation is founded through their life’s work.
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, the institution celebrates the American spirit and the teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front.
It is a distinct honor and significant responsibility for cities to be selected as host sites for the CMOHS Convention—and is especially meaningful and unique for the Museum and City of New Orleans to have hosting privileges for 2023. The Convention will not only serve to remember and honor Medal of Honor Recipients but also to foster patriotism and civic leadership among future generations while celebrating Americans who embody our country’s values.