The annual trek of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients flying into DFW Airport and traveling to Medal of Honor Weekend put on by the Medal of Honor Host City Program of Gainesville will be occurring Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
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. This honor is generally presented to the recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress. In 2001 Gainesville, Texas became the only city in America to host our nation’s highest decorated hero’s annually to promote patriotism and celebrate the heroism of the recipients.
There will be a large motorcade of public safety vehicles honoring and escorting these national heroes to their destination in Gainesville. This year, an historic number of public safety agencies will be participating in the motorcade, which is estimated to stretch 2 miles long. The motorcade is expected to leave DFW Airport between 4 - 5 PM.
Traffic delays can be expected with such a large motorcade. Motorists, please be aware and pull to the right lanes when approached from behind. Some parts of HWY 183, 360, 114, 121 and many access points along I-35 W and I-35E will be temporarily shut down as agencies work to get the motorcade onto the roadway and escort these honored guests from DFW on to their destination in Gainesville.
Events for the Medal of Honor Weekend are scheduled on September 24-25 in Gainesville to celebrate our Medal of Honor recipients.
The Medal of Honor Host City Program is ingrained in the fabric of their community through and through. Gainesville has won the appreciation of the Recipients who have experienced their small town, patriotic hospitality; many have returned over the years, and encouraged other Recipients to attend.
Since its inception in 2001, our Medal of Honor Host City Program has hosted 56 of the 74 living Medal of Honor Recipients who have inspired the community with their message of patriotism, sacrifice, courage and life values. From the youngest citizen to the oldest, this has been a labor of love. The rallying cry from Gainesville citizens has been, and continues to be, "What We Do!”