Governor LePage Accepting Nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors

January 17, 2012

Nominate an Unsung Hero to Be a 2012 Recipient for One of the Highest Civilian Honors

AUGUSTA – Governor LePage and The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced they are now accepting nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, which recognizes and honors those ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness.

Citizen Service Before Self Honors are unique, because they are presented to unsung heroes by our nation’s most honored heroes—the fewer than 90 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor—the Medal of Honor. The recipients comprise the Congressionally chartered Medal of Honor Society, which is one of the most exclusive societies.

“Citizen Service Before Self Honorees represent the values of courage, sacrifice and selfless service and I encourage individuals to nominate any resident of Maine who has clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others whether through a single act of extraordinary heroism at risk to one’s life or through a prolonged series of selfless acts.” said the Governor. The nominee’s actions must epitomize the concept of “service before self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional area of responsibility or conduct.

Citizens may submit nominees by completing the nomination form online via the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website, The nomination period ends on Friday, February 10, 2012.

A panel, to include Medal of Honor recipient representation, will consider all nominations and will select three individuals to receive Citizen Service Before Self Honors. The recipients will be announced on Monday, March 12, 2012, and honored at a ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day. The ceremony will be held near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, VA