BOSTON — The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is planning to hold its annual convention and Patriot Award Dinner in Boston.
Many of the nation’s 69 living Medal of Honor recipients will be in Boston from Sept. 7-11, the society and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.
“Our great city is honored to host our nation’s most brave and valiant heroes and the recipients of our country’s highest honor for an unprecedented fourth time,” Walsh said in a statement.
Recipients of the Medal of Honor are “shining examples of courage, bravery and sacrifice,” he said.
The Medal of Honor Convention is expected to be a gathering of 50 to 60 recipients and their guests, for about 100 to 150 people total.
Organizers are prepared to adapt their plans depending on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convention could be pushed to a later date or scaled back if gathering restrictions remain in place.
The Medal of Honor recipients held their first Boston convention in October 2001 a month after postponing the event because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
This will be the fourth time the society has met in Boston.
Created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military decoration.