The annual Pueblo Home of Heroes Essay Contest for 2017 is now open for entries. The theme this year is “Which of the living Medal of Honor recipients would you most like to meet and why? What questions would you ask them and why?”
The contest is open to all school age children from the 4th through 12th grade. The contest has cash prizes for each of three grade levels, Elementary, Middle and High School. The deadline for entries is February 10, 2017. This contest is co-sponsored by the Pueblo City/County Library District. Entries may be mailed or dropped off at the Rawlings Library, Community Relations Dept. 100 E. Abriendo, Pueblo, CO 81004.
The winners of the 2016 and 2017 will have a very special, once in a lifetime treat, by being invited, along with a guest, to the Welcoming Breakfast with over 40 Medal of Honor recipients on September 13, 2017 which will kick-off the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention being held here in Pueblo that week.
Complete information and contest rules are on the entry form which can be downloaded and printed.
Medal of Honor
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 Armed Services of the United States.
Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Pueblo Home of Heroes Association
The Pueblo Home of Heroes Association was first known as Pueblo Medal of Honor Foundation. It was created after Pueblo Chieftain newspaper publisher Bob Rawlings decided to fund raise to create a Medal of Honor memorial in Pueblo, Colorado to honor Pueblo's four Medal of Honor recipients. The project was to be four individual statues with additional names of all Medal of Honor recipients included. As the memorial project progressed, the Foundation was created from a committee of citizens. The group decided to invite the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to Pueblo for their national annual convention in the year 2000, so they could be a part of the unveiling. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is made up exclusively of all living Medal of Honor recipients.
After completion of the Pueblo Memorial and the hosting of the Convention, the committee reorganized to maintain the Memorial and promote it as an attraction in Pueblo, Colorado.