War Heroes Gather in Louisville

President Barack Obama applauds Sgt. Dakota Meyer after presenting him with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Meyer is expected to attend the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's convention.: Official White House photo by Pete Souza

The 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention is taking place in Louisville, Kentucky from September 28 to October 2.

Every year, the society holds a convention in a host city for those living, distinguished service members who have received this prestigious award. The convention comes as the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the award.

Among those attending is the newest Medal of Honor recipient, and Kentucky native, Sgt. Dakota Meyer (U.S. Marine Corp, Afghanistan) who received his medal Sept. 15, 2011.

The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military award bestowed upon an individual serving in the U.S. military. It is awarded in the name of Congress by the President to a person who distinguishes him or herself by gallantry and valor at the risk of their own life going above and beyond the call of duty.

More than 3,465 medals have been awarded since it was first authorized in 1861.

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