Elliott Named State Above and Beyond Citizen

Rev. Michael Elliott
Rev. Michael Elliott

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation today announced the Above & Beyond Citizen Honors state finalist for Georgia for 2009.

After a nationwide search and selection process, a panel of judges, consisting exclusively of Medal of Honor recipients, selected Reverend Michael Elliott due to his conspicuous selflessness in service to his fellow Americans by going above and beyond the call of duty to aid others.

Rev. Elliott has had a positive impact upon fighting homelessness and poverty in Savannah and Chatham County as President and CEO of Union Mission, Inc.

He has built an organization that provides housing, healthcare and supportive services to more than 600 people daily and improves the lives of an estimated 10,000 individuals annually.

After considering hundreds of nominations, a panel of judges consisting exclusively of Medal of Honor recipients, selected one finalist from every state, plus the District of Columbia.

A complete list of the 51 finalists is available on the Above & Beyond website, www.aboveandbeyond365.c om.

From among these 51 finalists, the panel then selected three individuals to receive one of the highest civilian honors, Above & Beyond Citizen Honors.

The 2009 recipients are Rick Rescorla of Mendham, New Jersey; David Bryan of Kansas City, Missouri; and, Jeremy Hernandez of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

These recipients were honored and recognized at a ceremony, in the shadow of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

“I, along with all of the living Medal of Honor recipients, salute Reverend Michael Elliott for his selfless act,” said Bruce Whitman, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. “As true heroes among us, these 51 state finalists represent the values of courage, sacrifice and selfless service. Their actions are an inspiration to Americans everywhere.”

Created by Abraham Lincoln in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force, which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

To receive this rare honor, it must first be approved by the President of the United States and is then presented by the President in the name of the Congress on behalf of a grateful nation.

Since the birth of our nation, over 40 million Americans have faced combat, yet fewer than 3,500 have received our nation’s highest honor for combat – the Medal of Honor.

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