Daines Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines applauded Senate passage of his bipartisan legislation designating U.S. Highway 20 between Oregon and New England, including part of Montana, as the “National Medal of Honor Highway.”

As the son of a United States Marine, I know that it’s our duty to honor our brave servicemen and women as they selflessly defend the freedoms we hold dear,” said Daines. “The National Medal of Honor Highway should serve as a powerful reminder of American exceptionalism and the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.”

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military award for valor, presented by the president in Congress’ name. U.S. servicemembers who distinguish themselves “through conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” may receive the medal.

Redesignating U.S. Highway 20— the longest continuous highway in the United States— as the “National Medal of Honor Highway” would honor each and every one of our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients 

Legislatures and governors in all 12 states along U.S. Highway 20 have designated their state Medal of Honor Highways covering 100 percent of the 3,365-mile Medal of Honor Highway across America. The 12 states along U.S. Highway 20 account for about 62 percent of all 3,516 Medal of Honor awards presented since the Civil War. Designating U.S. Highway 20 as the “National Medal of Honor Highway” would ensure all 3,516 recipients and any future recipients from all 50 states and territories are honored.