13 tolls for the 13 D-Day Medal of Honor recipients

Elizabeth Howe
June 04, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command

The National Medal of Honor Museum is recognizing the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a bell tolling — across the entire country. 

There are 13 American men who earned the Medal of Honor for actions on June 6, 1944. For that reason, church bells everywhere from New York to California will toll 13 times at 2 p.m. ET to recognize these men. Twenty-one different churches will be participating — and there's at least one church in the hometowns of each of the 13 Medal of Honor recipients including:

  • Trinity Church Grand Island and St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Grand Island, NY (will also have additional veterans groups participating in their ringing)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Medina, NY
  • First United Methodist Church in Fulton, NY
  • Christ Church and North Shore Community Church in Oyster Bay, NY
  • Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX
  • Allegheny College and First Presbyterian Church in Meadville, PA
  • Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church in Low Moor, VA
  • C.L. Hover Opera House in Junction City, KS
  • Presbyterian Church in Paris, IL
  • Paris Presbyterian Church in Burgettstown, PA
  • St. Monica Catholic Community Church in Santa Monica, CA

“When these 13 heroes landed on the beaches of Normandy, they did so for  pride of country, not knowing that their actions on that day and the days after,  would be so significant that it would earn them individual recognition, much less  the Medal of Honor,” said Joe Daniels, CEO of the National Medal of Honor  Museum. “It is only fitting that we honor these brave Medal of Honor recipients in whatever way we can. I hope that everyone hearing the 13 bell tolls in the recipients' hometowns across America on this, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, will take pride in this recognition.”

Once completed The National Medal of Honor Museum will offer educational exhibits to educate the public on the meaning and price of freedom. The nonprofit National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is currently in the process of fundraising the $100 million needed to bring the currently virtual museum to the physical world. 

Medal of Honor recipients don't have a museum to call their own, yet

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