Military service is one way that individuals can contribute to the United States. Many who have served in the military have done so with extreme bravery and valor, and for their service they were awarded a medal. The highest military honor that an American can receive is the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Interactive exercise. Assistance may be required. Click on the medals below to learn more about some of the most courageous Americans who have served his or her country.

In this lesson, you will learn more about the contributions of many individuals to the American identity. You will learn of the sacrifices and value that each has added to the country, creating a place of cultural diversity and unified identity.