It's a rare occurrence when more than 50 Republicans and Democrats from nearly 30 different states come to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to speak in agreement on a single topic. But that's precisely what happened recently when I co-hosted a bipartisan Medal of Honor special order to honor the 79 living Medal of Honor recipients with my colleague, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
The Medal of Honor is the highest U.S. military decoration, awarded by Congress to a member of the armed forces for gallantry and bravery in combat at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Since the first Medal of Honor was given on March 25, 1863, only 3,480 medals have been awarded and today only 79 living recipients remain.
In order to publicly honor these heroes, we invited our fellow members of Congress, in bipartisan fashion, to come to the floor of the House to deliver a speech on each one of the living recipients.
It was a privilege for me to stand on the floor of the House with so many others to honor the bravery and courage of these heroes. These men represent the best of our armed services and are a testament to what the human spirit is capable of achieving and overcoming under tremendous duress.
Words alone can never fully express our gratitude, but I was proud to be able to bring my colleagues together as one to put politics aside to honor our nation's true heroes.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis
13th Congressional District