CRYSTAL, Minn. (KMSP) - Most of the nation's living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients are coming to the Twin Cities this fall, the President of the Medal of Honor Society announced Wednesday. They will be bringing the convention to Minnesota for the first time.
Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Kelley spoke with students at the FAIR School in Crystal, Minn. He said the mission of the society is to instill in youth that they're all capable of extraordinary acts, regardless of whether they wear a uniform or not.
About 50 Medal of Honor recipients will fan out to schools across the metro when they're here in October.
"During the convention we'll be visiting schools to speak with students about six different characteristics: courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity and commitment,” Kelley said. “Those are just qualities that those of us should be able look in the mirror every morning and say, ‘I’m going to try to do that today.’"
The convention will run from Oct. 4 through Oct. 8. There are currently 77 living Medal of Honor recipients, Pres. Obama is expected to name one more in the next month.