Members of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” participate in a full honors wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2017, in Arlington, Va. With 24 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, the wreath laying marked Medal of Honor Day, which falls on March 25 each year. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/Arlington National Cemetery/released)
In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, Arlington National Cemetery hosted a special guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery focusing on Medal of Honor recipients buried at Arlington, as well as the history of the Medal of Honor. In this image, ANC Historian Tim Frank and ANC Operation Officer, Warren McFarlin, narrate the tour.
The Medal of Honor was first authorized in 1861 for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for Soldiers as well. Since then, only 3,493 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of all services. The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private Jacob Parrott.
Photograph by Stephen Smith