by Steve Wagers

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Medal of Honor Parents (3 of 4)
Series: Heaven on Earth
Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 6:1-4
May 25, 2007

Sermon Outline
1. The Role We should Embrace!
A) Good Parents
B) Godly Parents
2. The Respect We must Establish!
A) The Priority of It
B) The Purpose of It
3. The Reward We can Expect!
A) An Enriched Life
B) An Extended Life

The most desired and distinguished award that a military person can earn is known as The Congressional Medal of Honor. General George Patton once said that he would have given his immortal soul for the medal. Harry Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson told close confidants that they would rather have the Medal than be President.

The first recipients of the Medal of Honor were the "Andrews Raiders." Their failed mission, in April 1862, to steal a Confederate locomotive and ride to the Union lines, destroying track and depots along the way, had ended in a wild train chase and capture. Eight of the original 25 volunteers escaped, 3 went missing, 8 were hanged and 6 were exchanged after almost a year in a Confederate prison camp.

On March 25, 1862, the survivors of the Andrews Raiders met with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton before he introduced them to President Lincoln. He praised their bravery and daring, and promised they were celebrated as heroes.

Then, he stepped into the next room, returned with a small medal in his hand, and told the party that Congress had just passed a law ordering medals to be minted and awarded. The "Raiders" would be the first to receive this honor, and the presentation, without ceremony or fanfare, was the first presentation of the Medal of Honor.

On July 9, 1918, Congress clarified and produced wording that would ensure the Medal of Honor could only be awarded in truly exceptional instances. They declared that:

"...the President is authorized to present, in the name of Congress, a Medal of Honor only to each person who, while an officer or enlisted man of the Army, shall hereafter, ...

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