President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor
First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.
During Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery. As the Confederate Forces advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery. During the advance, he was wounded in the abdomen as well as in the right shoulder. Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire. With the Confederate Forces within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the assault.
First Lieutenant Cushing’s cousins, Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III, and families will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice.
THE MEDAL OF HONOR:
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:
- engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
- engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
- serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.
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Statements and Releases
President Barack Obama; looking at the week ahead, the president stumps for Democratic governors in blue states, hitting Wisconsin, Maine, Michigan and Connecticut. Obama already made two visits to Chicago in October to bolster Gov. Pat Quinn. On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hits Illinois again – the second time in a week – to rally voters for Quinn.
Today (all times Eastern)
12:30: White House Press Briefing
3:10: The President departs the White House
4:10: Arrives Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4:35: Attends a DNC roundtable, Umami Moto, Milwaukee (closed press)
6:40: Delivers remarks at a campaign rally with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, North Division High School
7:50: Departs Milwaukee
10:50: Arrives White House
Schedule for the Week of October 27, 2014
On Tuesday, the President will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mary Burke and other Wisconsin Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Wisconsin will be made available in the coming days.
On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.
On Thursday, the President will travel to Portland, Maine to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mike Michaud and other Maine Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Maine will be made available in the coming days. Afterward, the President will travel to the Providence, Rhode Island area, where he will remain overnight.
On Friday, the President will deliver remarks at Rhode Island College on the economy and the importance of pursuing policies that help women succeed. Further details on the President’s travel to Rhode Island will be made available in the coming days. Following his remarks, the President will return to Washington, D.C. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.
On Saturday, the President will travel to the Detroit, Michigan area to attend a campaign event for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. Further details on the President’s travel to Michigan will be made available in the coming days.
On Sunday, the President will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut for an event with Dan Malloy and other Connecticut Democrats. Afterward, the President will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend a campaign event for Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Connecticut and Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.
Reach Higher with the First Lady on Tumblr and IRL
01:30 PM EDT
We’re excited to announce that on Monday, November 3, First Lady Michelle Obama will take to Tumblr for the first time to answer your questions on education as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which aims to inspire every student to take charge of their future and complete their education past high school.
Getting a higher education has never been more important, because in today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. That’s why the First Lady is working to rally the country around President Obama’s “North Star” goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.
If you’ve got questions about preparing for college or how to pay for it, here’s how you can join the conversation:
- Starting today, ask your education questions for the First Lady on the White House Tumblr page.
- Beginning at 4:00 pm ET on Monday, November 3, the First Lady will answer your questions on WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com.
- If you miss the live Q&A, a recap will be posted on the White House Tumblr page and WhiteHouse.gov.
Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative and how you can reach higher at WhiteHouse.gov/Reach-Higher, and then ask the First Lady a question on Tumblr before her first-ever Tumblr Q&A on Monday, November 3.
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