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Medal Of Honor Commemorative Coin Act Of 2009

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. WATT. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1209, the Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009. The Medal of Honor was first authorized by Congress in 1861 as the U.S. Navy's highest personal decoration, and other branches of the military followed suit with their own Medals of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon a member of the Armed Forces that conspicuously distinguishes him or herself at the risk of his or her own life above and beyond the call of duty while defending this country against an enemy force.

Fewer than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces, and I commend the bill's sponsor, Representative Chris Carney of Pennsylvania, for honoring some of America's bravest soldiers and most outstanding citizens by introduction of this bill.

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