The 2016 Stars in Service Gala hosted by the Joe Foss Institute will be one of the largest gatherings of Medal of Honor recipients with at least 20 in attendance out of the 77 still living.
The evening will open with an honor march featuring the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients spanning from World War II to present day. The Stars in Service Gala will celebrate the culmination of founder Joe Foss’ centennial year as well as the 15thAnniversary of the Joe Foss institute.
Governor Doug Ducey will also be recognized for signing the legislation that made Arizona the first state in the nation to require high schools students, as a condition of their graduation, to pass a civics test.
Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren will also be in attendance to deliver remarks at the event. She is well-known as the host of prime-time news and interview program On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. She was also named to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2015.
This year’s gala is presented by Shamrock Farms and co-chaired by Richard Adkerson, Vice Chairman and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan, and Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.
Funds raised from the 2016 Stars in Service Gala will benefit the Joe Foss Institute and the Civics Education Initiative. The Institute works to close the civics education gap in our Nation’s schools and prepare young Americans for civic engagement as voters and informed members of their community. The Civics Education Initiative requires students, prior to graduation, pass a basic civics test. Arizona became the first state in the country to enact the legislation with eight states following. For 2016, plans call for adding 25 states to the “win” column.
The Joe Foss Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to closing the civics education gap in America and preparing our youth for informed, engaged citizenship. It is the enduring vision and legacy of the late Joe Foss, WW II Marine Corps combat “Ace” and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who founded JFI in 2001 with his wife, Didi Foss. Since then, JFI has served 1.75 million students nationally through its programs and advocacy, including the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism (VIP) program that recruits and trains veterans to hold classroom presentations in elementary and secondary schools.
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