Military Matters: New Exhibit Honors 'Hometown Heroes'
The Medal of Honor is our nation's highest military decoration.
In its 150-year history, fewer than 3,500 people have received it.
What you may find surprising is how many had local ties.
"One out of four of the 35-hundred total actually come from New York state and 45 of them actually lived in the 48th senate district," said state Sen. Patty Ritchie, "so that's a pretty large percentage."
Ritchie's staff has put together a new traveling exhibit to honor our local Medal of Honor recipients by telling the stories of some of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties' hometown heroes.
The Jefferson County Historical Society says it's more than happy to play host.
"I think it's just one more step to show that our military is a part of our history and an important part of our history," said society executive director Bill Wood.
The 15 hometown heroes featured in the display include soldiers from the Civil War through Afghanistan and the only woman ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"we just have an opportunity to see what it is that their story was to bring us where we are today," Wood said.
Community members are invited to a kick-off reception for the new exhibit Thursday at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
"People can come in and just enjoy and really give some honor to some great people who have honored us with their service," Wood said.
The hometown heroes exhibit is also on display at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association now through September 15.
Saturday, May 25, 2013, Watertown, NY