They’ve gone above and beyond for their fellow man in some extraordinary way – saving a life in a single instance of bravery, or bettering their community with ongoing selfless service. Today, the Foundation representing our nation’s greatest war heroes, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, is recognizing 23 "unsung" heroes.
Among the finalists in the Citizen Service Before Self Honors (CSBSH) is Paul Moore, of Bedford, whose Nashua-based operation, MooreMart, has engaged the community in an ambitious program that collects and packs necessities for our servicemen.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-Nashua, who has lent a hand and helped Moore pack up goods more than once, said this:
“This prestigious recognition is a testament to Paul’s exceptional dedication to supporting our servicemen and women. I commend Paul for his service to our troops and I join all Granite Staters in applauding this well-deserved honor.”
Finalists range from a 6-year-old boy to a 91-year-old man, and their heroic acts took many forms — daring water rescues, fires rescues, a lifesaving organ transplant, and a foiled kidnapping, are just a few of the stories. Although heroic acts occurred across the nation, this year’s finalists hail from 13 states.
California topped the list with five hero finalists. Three of the heroes recognized are New York residents, with all assisting in Hurricane Sandy rescues or relief efforts.
And you can link here for a tour of MooreMart's operations, via this YouTube video of a recent "Gate City Chronicles" program on Access Nashua, with host Kevin Avard.
All 23 finalists now enter the next phase of judging to select four ultimate Citizen Heroes to receive special medals for their service. These four Honorees will be announced on March 11, and awarded at a ceremony on National Medal of Honor Day on March 25 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Medal of Honor recipients will present the Citizen Honorees with their awards.