May 13, 2010

SCR-I Class of 2010 Set to Graduate Sunday

“Pomp and Circumstance” will fill the air as the traditional graduation music will start the special day for SCR-I seniors at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 16th in the high school gym.

The SCR-I concert band under the direction of Jamie Hicks will perform the James D. Ployhar piece to open the 2010 graduation ceremony.

Student Council President McKinsay Cooley will open the commencement. Valedictorian Kelly Lister and Cooley, the class salutatorian, will both address the senior class.

David Hunziker, “the Voice of the Oklahoma State Cowboys” will be the featured speaker.

The senior class will be introduced by Principal Gene Hay with SCR-I Board of Education President Gary Miller presenting diplomas.

The event will feature the presentation of a special Class of 2010 video before Lister offers the commencement closing.

Marshalls for the event will be Skyler Alderton and Sabe Sears. Ushers will be Anna Duley, Ashley Tague, Stephanie Yarbrough, Allen Bence, Kasey Dial and Chris Doubet. The class sponsor is Brooke Wineinger.

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond the control of the school and the newspaper, the senior photos were not available for publication in this issue. They will be published when available from the photography agency.

MSHSAA Releases New Football, Basketball Assignments

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Football and Basketball classification and district assignments for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 classification cycles were recently released by the Missouri State High School Activities Association, as approved by the Board of Directors.

The enrollment breaks for the new classification cycle are as follows:

Football Enrollment Breaks – 8-man – 24 teams with 87-165 enrollment; Class 1 – 64 schools with 109-244 enrollment; Class 2 – 64 schools with 245-427 enrollment; Class 3 – 64 schools with 472-727 enrollment; Class 4 – 64 schools with 732-1314 enrollment; Class 5 – 44 schools with 1316-1778; and Class 6 – 32 schools with 1779-2803.

Basketball Enrollment Breaks – Class 1 – 128 boys teams, 120 girls teams with 20-119 enrollment; Class 2 – 128 boys teams and 124 girls teams with 120-232 enrollment; Class 3 – 128 boys teams and 127 girls teams with 233-534 enrollment; Class 4 – 96 boys teams and 100 girls teams with 548-1276 enrollment; Class 5 – 79 boys teams and 78 girls teams with 1297-2803 enrollment.

For football, only schools with enrollments of 200 or less may choose to play in the 8-man division. In 11-man football, the largest 32 schools based on student enrollment in grades 9-12 are classified in Class 6, while the smallest 64 schools are assigned to Class 1. The next-largest 64 schools are then classified in Class 2, the next 64 in Class 3, and the next 64 in Class 4. The remaining schools are assigned to Class 5.  If two schools form a cooperative partnership, the enrollment of both schools combined are used to determine classification.  Beginning with the 2014 season, three schools may co-op in the 8-man class and the combined enrollment remains under 200.

The 2016-17/2017-18 MSHSAA official enrollment number for Scotland County was listed at 190 students.

Scotland County will again compete as a Class 1 football program. The Tigers are assigned to Class 1 District #5 along with Knox County, Louisiana, Mark Twain, Monroe City, Paris, Schuyler County and South Shelby.

In Basketball, the 128 schools with the smallest enrollments make up Class 1.  The next 128 schools would make up Class 2, with the next 128 making up Class 3.  The next 96 largest enrollments make up Class 4, while Class 5 includes all of the remaining schools.  All ties at any enrollment break remain with the smallest classification.  The enrollment breaks are based on the gender with the most registered teams.  Enrollments from schools with boys basketball teams were used for this cycle.

Scotland County basketball will continue to be classified Class 2. The Tigers and Lady Tigers were assigned to Class 2 District #6 along with Canton, Clopton, Knox County, Louisiana, Paris, South Shelby and Van-Far.

Schools are grouped into districts within each classification based on geographical location.

The first-allowable football practice date for 2016 will be on Monday, August 1.  The first-possible contest date will be Friday, August 19.  For basketball, the first allowable practice is Monday, October 31.  The first allowable basketball game is currently scheduled for Monday, November 18

Timber Ridge Golf Course Hosts Three Tournaments in August

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Timber Ridge Golf Course in Memphis will be hosting three tournaments in August, offering some friendly competition for just about everyone.

The first tournament, the 4 Man Calcutta, takes place Sunday, August 7th with a 9:00 a.m. tee-off.  Men and ladies are welcome to participate in this tournament, but you must be eighteen years or older to enter.  Cost to participate in $65 per person which includes lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Mark Drummond (816-550-0232).

The next tournament is the Senior 2 Man Scramble (18 holes) on Friday, August 19th.  The fee is $45 per person including lunch and a mulligan!  Sign in starts at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. tee-off.

For more information or to register, please contact Dave (660-341-6391) or the Timber Ridge Golf Course (660-883-5341).  You must be at least 50 years old to enter this tournament.

The final tournament, on Sunday, August 21st, is the 2 Couple Scramble (18 holes) with two couples per team. Sign in begins at 8:00 a.m. and tee-off is at 9:00 a.m.  You must be eighteen years or older to enter.

The fee for this tournament is $50 per person with lunch provided by Big Bear BBQ, Kris and Suzie Lister.

For more information or to register, contact Kris (660-341-0465).

Participants interested in these tournaments are encouraged to reserve early.  Rental carts are available at $5 per seat for the three events.

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF BETTY LEAROSE MATHES (6/18/1933 – 12/10/2015)

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Downing Cemetery, Downing, Missouri.

Betty LeaRose Smith Mathes was born June 18, 1933.  She passed away on December 10, 2015 at age 82.  She was the daughter of the late Victor and Marvelle Power Smith.  Betty married the late Kenneth Mathes on January 9, 1955.

Leaving to mourn her passing is her son, Steven and his wife Pam of Kershaw, SC; Granddaughters, Megan Mathes (Levi Barrett) of Camden, SC and Shelly Smalls (Ryan) of Conway, SC; and four great-grandchildren, Steven Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Jackson Smalls and Presley Smalls.  She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Mathes.

Betty spent most of her life in Scotland and Putnam County Missouri.  In 2002 she moved to Kershaw, South Carolina to be with her son and family until her passing.  She was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Kershaw, SC.

WILLIAM “BILL” HOLLIS (3/9/1928 – 7/21/2016)

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William “Bill” Hollis, 88 of Washington, IL died at 11:36 pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Born on March 9, 1928 in Bible Grove, MO, he married Amanda McGill Ellis on July 4, 1976. She survives.

Also surviving are their children: Pam Keel of Cummings, GA, Mary Hollis of Acworth, GA, and Mike Hollis of Union Springs, AL, Janet (Marion) Roberson of Pikeville, TN, Linda Webster of Washington, IL, Randy (Judy) Ellis of Eureka, IL, and Rick Ellis of Morton, IL, 3 sisters; Loretta Leible of St. Charles, MO, Betty (Henry) Slobe of Grayslake, IL, and Martha Bradley of Bible Grove, MO, 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Hollis, one son William “Billy” Hollis, one stepson, David Ellis, one granddaughter, Michelle Ellis, one brother, Wayne Hollis, two sisters, Mary McGill and Lorraine Aldridge and three brothers-in-law, Warren “Junior” Aldridge, Mayo “Toots” Bradley and Eddie Leible.

Bill graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1945. He then retired from the US Army after more than 20 years of service, where he attained the rank of Major and served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also worked at Dixie Bearings in Atlanta, GA for eight years and at the United States Post Office in Peoria, where he worked as a sorter.

He was an active member of Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M.  #98 in Washington, IL where he was currently serving as Chaplain. Bill was a Mason for over 50 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #100 in Washington and the Disabled American Veterans.

Funeral Services for Bill were held at 10 am Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington.  Pastor Jim Gorby officiated. Services followed with military honors rendered by the US Army. Visitation was from 5-7 pm Monday, July 25, 2016 at the funeral home where Masonic Services followed at 7 pm.  Cremation rites were accorded after the services and inurnment will be in Bible Grove, MO at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M.  #98.  Bill’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.

MERVIN M. HIGH (11/26/1945 – 7/19/2016)

Mervin M. High, 70, of Cantril, Iowa, entered into rest July 19, 2016, at his home, following a brief illness.

He was born November 26, 1945,  in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the son of Melvin and Verna (Musser) High.

On August 6, 1966, Mervin married Martha B. Shirk.  They began dairy farming in Berks County, Pennsylvania in March, 1971, before relocating to Cantril, Iowa, December 4, 1979.  He milked cows until 2008 and continued helping in the dairy and with the farming until June, 2016, finding satisfaction in hard work and helping others.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Mervin was a member of the Northview Mennonite Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha, of nearly 50 years and nine children:  Lonita (Leonard) Burkholder, Edina, Missouri; Lavon (Martha) High, Cantril, Iowa; Lucinda (Eugene) Weiler, Mt. Sterling, Iowa; Kathy (Allen Jr.) Martin, Rutledge, Missouri; Keith (Alma) High, Milton, Iowa; Lynette (Wesley) Weiler, Rutledge, Missouri; Lorelle (Galen) Weiler, Rutledge, Missouri; Leslie (Charlene) High, Cantil, Iowa and Karlin (Joanne) High, Memphis, Missouri.  Also surviving are 62 grandchildren;  15 great-grandchildren; six brothers: Leon (Katie) High, Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Melvin (Mabel) High, Savannah, New York; Glenn (Lucille) High, Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Clair (Edna Mae) High, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Elmer (Miriam) High, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Marlin (Rachel) High, Lebanon, Pennsylvania and five sisters:  Mary (Leroy) Musser, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Luella (Earl) Hoover, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Emma (Elmer) Zeiset, Savannah, New York; Rhoda (Earl) Gingerich, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Lois (Harlan) Martin, New Washington, Ohio and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1986, his mother in 2002 and a sister-in-law, Marian High.

Funeral services and burial were held at 9:30 AM, Monday, July 25, 2016 at Northview Mennonite Church in northeast Scotland County.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

Residents will have a front row seat to one of nature’s most spectacular shows in the upcoming weeks.

Friday night, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will become visible to stargazers, marking the start of a double meteor shower that will last into August.  As the Delta Aquarid shower concludes, the Perseid meteor shower will begin, offering plenty of time to wish upon shooting stars.

Dr. Matt Beaky, Associate Professor of Physics at Truman State University, explained that the beat time for viewing the Delta Aquarid shower will be later in the week due to the slender crescent Moon.  “It’s definitely visible in Missouri,” Beaky said of the celestial event.  “The best observing will be in the pre-dawn hours of July 29.”

The Perseid shower will be most prominent on August 12, but its visibility will be more limited than the Delta Aquarid shower.

Meteors, as explained in a recent article from national Geographic, are caused by Earth’s atmosphere slamming into clouds of sand and grain-size particles shed by orbiting comets.  As particles enter the atmosphere at speeds in excess of 93,200 miles an hour, they burn up in a fleeting streak of light.

TEN YEARS AGO

The Memphis Police Department is investigating a break-in at the municipal pool that occurred overnight Friday, July 21st.

An employee at the Memphis Swimming Pool reported the incident early Saturday morning after finding the door to the pool’s pump room ajar.

Water Department Superintendent Dennis Howard inspected the pool equipment and found no damage to the invaluable pool pumps or chemical equipment.

The suspects gained entry to the locked room by using some form of tool to destroy the door casing and free the deadbolt and door locks.

Investigators were able to recover evidence at the scene of the crime and the city is considering the possibility of offering a reward for information in the case.

In just its second season, the new swimming pool represents a significant investment by the community, with more than $350,000 in funding used to construct the aquatic center that averaged more than 100 customers a day last season.

20 YEARS AGO

James Treece of the USDA Rural Development office met with members of the Scotland County Care Center staff and board members July 18 to present the final approval and funding for the new 28-apartment assisted care facility to be constructed as part of the nursing home.

Care Center Administrator Jim Richardson as well as board members Mitch Jayne, Bill McRobert, Doug Robinson, Joe Fulk, Dee Wiley, and Glen Lister were presented with a rural development loan check from USDA for $1,242,000 to help fund the project.

The project appeared doomed last fall because of bureaucratic red tape, but thanks to the work of the staff and board members combined with State Representative Jim Sears, it was salvaged.  Sears helped get legislation passed that allowed SCCC to be exempt from a state-wide certificate of need.

With the USDA Rural Development Funding the Care Center will proceed with the 11,300 square-foot facility to be built on the southwest corner of the Care Center lot.  The crews wasted little time, as the initial ground work began July 22.

30 YEARS AGO

Cub Scout Pack 97 had a “Whale of a Time” at their annual fishing derby and campout.  Twenty-five Scouts and parents participated and enjoyed fishing, food and fun at Lake Show Me July 13 and 14.

Pack 97 would like to thank Missouri Conservation Agent Robin Raisch for his help and supplies, Mike Ahland for the wood, the Wood Shop for donating fishing lures for prizes and a special thanks to that little skunk who played hide and seek with them all night long.

40 YEARS AGO

Albert Lee Gardner, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Gardner of Memphis, received burns to his hands, arms, and back in a fire which happened Sunday night at about 9:15 p.m.

According to the report, Gardner was washing the floor at the Memphis Implement Company, located at 226 S. Market St. and owned by his father, A.E. Gardner, when the fire broke out.  Gardner was using diesel fuel to do the washing and it was apparently ignited by a water heater.

The damage in the building was not extensive but Gardner was taken to the Scotland County Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield, Iowa, for treatment.  He was later taken to an Iowa City Hospital where his condition was reported serious Monday morning.

A later report indicated that Gardner had been removed from intensive care at the Iowa City Hospital.

50 YEARS AGO

Grand Opening Dinner at the Memphis Country Club will be held Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

The dinner will be catered by Everett Keith and served at the Club House.  All members are urged to attend.  Tickets will be $2.50.

Following the dinner will be dancing and cards as the guests wish.

Melvin Gordy killed a large badger at their farm home, seven miles northwest of Revere, about 2:30 Thursday morning.

It was reported that Mr. and Mrs. Gordy were awakened by the barking of their two shepherd dogs, and went to investigate the commotion.  Thinking at first it was a raccoon crouched along the fence near the chicken house, Mr. Gordy tried to send the dogs after it.  After shooting the animal and learning it was a badger, he understood why the dogs were not willing to tackle it.

Mrs. Gordy reported she had been losing eggs lately, but it is not known for certain whether the badger was the culprit.

60 YEARS AGO

Memphis, in the early 1890’s had 3500 inhabitants and was the most important city in Northeast Missouri.  It had many fine residences and business buildings.

Among the establishments in the community were one college, nine churches, four newspapers (1 daily), eight restaurants, nine grocery stores, eight clothing stores, six millinery stores, four jewelry stores, two wagon factories, one electric light plant, one telephone system, five blacksmith shops, eighteen lawyers, five barber shops, three photographers, three shoe shops, five hotels, twenty carpenters, ten brick masons, one cooper shop, four butcher shops, three saloons, one band and orchestra, one marble shop, two furniture stores, two public schools, three banks, five drug stores, four hardware stores, two flouring mills, one foundry, one buggy carriage and bus factory, one pickle works, one creamery, two opera houses, one plow works, two handle factories, one washing machine works, one four cabinet manufactory, two brick yards, one tile factory, ten doctors, three harness shops, two dentists, two bakeries, six contractors, eight plasterers, two lumber yards, two billiard halls, two music houses, one produce and poultry house, sixteen secret societies, four confectionery stores, three tin shops, a building and loan association, water works, five livery stables, two tailor shops, two laundries, one fair association and one cigar factory.

70 YEARS AGO

The Bueter bread truck from Quincy was badly damaged early Saturday morning when the driver of the truck, Robert McKistner, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and ran off of the highway east of the Clyde Wright home three miles east of Memphis.

McKistner was accompanied by his 14-year old son who received painful injuries in the crash.  The truck left the road just west of the Walter Smith home and went into the ditch on the north side of the road.  The truck continued west into the ditch, struck the west abutment of the bridge and turned over on its side in the water of the small stream.

The father and son climbed out of the truck and walked to the Clyde Wright home from where the bakery at Quincy was called.  Mr. Bueter, owner of the bakery, came in a car and took McKistner and son to Quincy.  A Quincy wrecker came and pulled the truck out of the ditch with the help of Roy Lee Smith and his tractor.  The truck was towed back to Quincy.

PEARL GRUBB (12/8/1924 – 7/16/2016)

Pearl Elizabeth Grubb, 91, of Memphis, MO, passed away July 16, 2016, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  Pearl was born December 8, 1924, in Lockridge, IA, the daughter of Alvin and Ethel Duttweiler Stephenson.

Pearl attended grade school and high school in Lockridge, IA, graduating with the class of 1942.

On April 25, 1943, she married Jacob Warren Grubb in Fairfield, IA and to this union, four children were born: Russell, Elaine, Diane and Jerry.

Pearl’s married life as a homemaker began in Atchison County, MO.  In 1952, she and Warren moved to Scotland County after purchasing a farm seven miles southwest of Memphis, MO.  She was very faithful to her family and marriage.  Pearl was the corner stone to the farming operation which involved row crops, cattle and several hundred head of hogs.  There were many days that Pearl assisted with the chores during the planting and harvesting season in addition to caring for the family.  Her children remember some of the difficult times growing up on the farm, but regardless how tough things were, Pearl was dedicated to feeding and clothing her family.

Pearl’s family was very important to her.  The many birthday celebrations, annual Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings were special to her and will be missed by all the family.  At these gatherings, there was never a lack of food.  Pearl would make noodles, bake rolls, pies, cakes, and tea rings for family gatherings as well as several members of the Memphis community that ordered them.  For many years, she baked goods for the Scotland County Soil & Water annual meeting.

Once the grandchildren started arriving, Pearl became very dedicated to them: babysitting and feeding them when needed, entertaining them, playing games, etc.  Pearl was a quilter and made each of her 12 grandchildren a quilt upon graduation from high school.  She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, jig saw puzzles, crocheting and was a weekly letter writer to many family members that were not close by.

Pearl was a member of the Memphis United Methodist Church and attended regularly.  In her later years, she looked forward to attending church, followed by eating lunch with some of the family at Keith’s Café.  She enjoyed having her children and grandchildren stop at her home to visit.  She was truly God’s example of putting others first and not letting the materialistic society influence her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Warren; two brothers, Glen and Robert Stephenson; one sister, Frances Seibel; one sister-in-law, Vaunceil Stephenson and three brothers-in-law, George Hinshaw, John Anderson, and Jerry Fish.

Pearl is survived by her children, Russell Grubb and wife Karen, of Hannibal, MO, Elaine Briggs and husband, Richard of Memphis, Mo, Diane Duley and husband, Phil of Memphis, MO, and Jerry Grubb and wife, Lisa of Memphis, MO; 12 grandchildren, Linda Briggs of Memphis, MO, Brian Briggs and wife, Melinda of Memphis, MO, Daniel Grubb and wife, Allison of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah Moss and husband, Jason of Memphis, MO, Amy Hunziker and husband, Jaryt of Boonville, MO, Leslie Ranney and husband, Justin of Kansas City, MO, Laura Colvin and husband, Marc of Wyaconda, MO, Kaitlin Grubb and Kevin Fountain of Memphis, MO, Andrew Duley of Downing, MO, Bethanie Grubb of Memphis, MO, Anna Duley of Kirksville, MO, and Abbey Duley of Columbia, MO; 13 great-grandchildren, one sister-Winnie Fish of Hillsdale, MI, one sister-in-law, Roberta Stephenson of Keosauqua, IA, and one brother-in-law, Harold Seibel of Traveres, FL;  along with several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Nutrition Site, Scotland County Health Department or the Memphis United Methodist Church and can be mailed to or left at the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging on to Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2016, at the Memphis United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery  Pallbearers were Brian Briggs, Daniel Grubb, Andrew Duley, Jaryt Hunziker, Marc Colvin and Justin Ranney.  Honorary pallbearers were Phil Duley, Richard Briggs, Jason Moss, Larry Riney and Mike Ahland.  Musicians were Sarah Myers, pianist, and Tom Cotton, vocalist.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

The Simple Act Of Compassion 

Society at large is in a world of hurt.  Everyone has enough on their plates; even to the point of overload if not, at least, significant distraction.  To be frank about it, every person hurts significantly.  What we want to address is how to ease the pain; no, cure the burdens we each encounter.

A healthy perspective is to recognize that humanity is a composition fabric.  No one is an island; though we often seem to strive to find our space and guard it ferociously. When we are blended, however, we learn to look out for one another.  Community is to offer substantial strength.

Loneliness, on the other hand, is devastating.  We may find ourselves all alone.  We need at least one someone to help.  Good neighbors, then, like teamwork or family or group carry new health for all encompassed within the expanding populace of valued acquaintances.

From experience (observing others and my own), the strongest way to recovery from feeling abandoned or forgotten is to care for another/others.  Deep within the secret passages of our hearts is the yearn to make a difference… for someone else.  When we set our insecurities aside and wade out into the deep end of the pool to give assistance to another, our weight can seem to lift.  The simple act of compassion is all that is needed for any individual who is struggling with depression or loneliness.

The magic of God is that He noted a hurting world and waded right into the center of its deepest wounds; insult, abandonment, and even death.  He arrived with a message;  “I.  Understand.”  Take a look at Hebrews 2:14-18 and then 4:14-16.  The life that we encounter when we give ourselves away to those who hurt is the fulfillment of what God has promised all along; if we will lose our lives we will find them.

Those who can’t find life to be of meaning and purpose are the same ones who measure conversations and actions by what they want without compassion for a neighbor who is hurting every bit as much.  When we give ourselves away in sympathy toward another, we run into the very life we have always craved.

If you happen to be having a very bad day (or even life), bring such to an end by caring more about those around you.  As you lift their spirits by giving your valuable attention, He will lift yours.  He promises.  That’s the way… the only way.,. life works.  Stop the complaining.  Shelve the criticizing of others.  Do something meaningful.  Love your neighbor more than yourself.  You’ll like the results.

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by      the President of the United States in the name of  the U.S. Congress to U.S. military only.  There are three versions of the medal, one for the Army, one for the Navy, and one for the Air Force. Personnel of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard  receive the Navy version. The Medal  of Honor was created in 1861, early in the American Civil War, to  give recognition to men who distinguished themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidly” in combat with the enemy of the United States. There have been 3,469 Medals of Honor awarded  to the nation’s soldiers, sailors airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen since the decoration’s creation, with just less than half of the awarded for action  during the four  years of the Civil War. The Medal of Honor is usually presented by the President in a formal ceremony at the White House, intended to represent the gratitude of the American  people, with posthumous presentations made to the primary next of kin. In 1990, Congress designated March 25 annually as “National Medal of Honor Day”. Due to its prestige and status, the Medal of Honor is afforded special protection under U. S. law against any unauthorized adornment, sale of manufacture, which included any associated ribbon or badge. 621 of these Medal of Honor have been awarded posthumously. One of the first Medal of Honor was awarded to Seaman John Ortega in 1864.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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