"I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving.”—George Washington
It is time to bring back the Badge of Merit.
In 1782, George Washington developed the Military Badge of Merit. While most medals and badges were reserved for the officer class, this honor was for regular soldiers—to inspire them to behave virtuously, and congratulate them when they did.
George Washington said, “the road to glory in a free country is open to all.”
His words still ring true today.
As I have said many times, I do not believe America will be preserved by the heroism of one heroic man or woman, but by daily acts of virtue carried out by ordinary people.
In the spirit of George Washington, I will be awarding my own version of the Badge of Merit, and I want YOU to tell me who should receive it.
This award can be awarded to anyone.
Has someone in your community behaved with virtue, kindness, merit, or integrity?
Nominate that person for a Badge of Merit by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Your name and contact information
- Your nominee's name and contact information
- The story of your nominee’s act of merit
From your nominations, I will select outstanding citizens to be recognized on the air and receive a Badge of Merit.