The Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee Unveils its Legacy Project
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 1, 2014): The first documentary on the history of the Medal of Honor premiered in Washington, D.C. last week and Knoxville, Tenn. yesterday at a sold out showing setting the stage for the city’s role in this year’s Medal of Honor convention. Each year the Congressional Medal of Honor Society holds its annual convention in a different city in the U.S. and Knoxville, Tenn. has been selected to host the 2014 convention in September.
Knoxville-based RIVR Media Interactive was chosen by the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee to produce the documentary titled “The Medal of Honor: A History” more than one year ago. Led by historian Ed Hooper, the hour-long documentary is the Knoxville Convention’s legacy and will be given to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Medal of Honor recipients.
“This documentary will help perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor for generations to come,” said Joe Thompson, co-chairman of the Medal of Honor Convention. “Mr. Hooper and RIVR Media have done an excellent job recounting the history of the medal and sharing pertinent information and intricate historical details – most of which, no one has ever seen.”
“The Medal of Honor: A History,” highlights the medal’s history dating back to its creation during the Civil War. Monday, March 24, the world premiere of the film was held at The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington D.C. Associate Justice and Army veteran, Samuel Alito Jr. hosted the event and on March 31, a showing was held in Knoxville at the Regal Riviera Stadium 8 Theatre.
“The premieres in D.C. and Knoxville were a phenomenal success,” Thompson said. “Monday’s event pulled the curtain back on what we have to look forward to at the convention this fall.”
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor given by Congress to American military personnel. Annually, the Medal of Honor Society meets for its convention, which will be hosted in Knoxville beginning September 10, 2014.
About the Medal of Honor Convention
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is comprised solely of Medal of Honor recipients including men of all races, social classes and economic levels. The Society exists to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor, maintain a bond of brotherhood among living recipients and promote patriotism and principles on which our nation was founded. Each year the Society holds its annual convention in a different city in the U.S. Knoxville, Tenn. has been selected to hold this year’s convention September 10 – 13, 2014.