(Gettysburg) -- Fifty recipients of the nation's highest military honor are gathering in Gettysburg for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's annual convention.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of both the Battle of Gettysburg and the presentation of the first Medals of Honor, and the historical significance was not lost on the convention organizers.
Convention CEO Bob Monahan says he's learned quite a bit from working with the group that honors the country's military heroes.
"It's not about them, it's about those they served with, it's about those who didn't come back," Monahan says, "and it's about the sense of purpose that they have in reaching out and educating the next generation."
Over the course of the four day convention, Monahan says many recipients will be visiting midstate schools to share with students the values of character, integrity and citizenship the medal represents.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is awarded by the President for valor in combat. Fewer than 3,500 medals have been awarded since the Civil War and 63 recipients were honored for their actions at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Recipients from World War Two through the conflict in Afghanistan will be on hand in Gettysburg this week.
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