The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest civilian honors awarded to persons who have performed an act that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipients field of work or duty long after the achievement.

The recipients of the Congressional Gold medal are not required to be American citizens.

One of the National Foundation of Patriotism’s late board members, Colonel Charles Dryden, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, was among those awarded by George W. Bush for the meritorious acts of valor and heroism during WWII. Colonel Dryden passed away 2 months after finally receiving the Congressional Gold Medal with the remaining original Tuskegee Airmen.