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Medal for "Heroic & Noble Action"

George Washington was awarded the first in 1776.  The Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Robert Frost, Elie Wiesel, Rosa Parks, the Navajo Code Talkers and the Tuskegee Airmen are among those who have been honored with a Congressional Gold Medal since.  In 2011 the United States Congress approved the “Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act” which added “the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001” to the distinguished list of recipients of the nation’s highest civilian award. 

Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster introduced the “Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act” and the 112th Congress enacted Public Law 112-76 awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to each of the three 9/11 attack sites.  Congress found “it is fitting that their sacrifice be recognized” and the Congressional Gold Medal, an expression of the nation’s appreciation, be awarded.

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