Military service and dedication are not only about the individual soldier, but also about the country as a whole.
This is the purpose of a Medal for Valor, an award for valor in the U.S. military.
In 2017, more than a thousand soldiers earned their decorations, including more than 600 who earned the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart.
The Medal of Honour was created in 1935 as an acknowledgement that bravery, selfless devotion and sacrifice in combat were often the difference between victory and defeat, and the recognition that the United States is the greatest nation on Earth.
Today, more people are earning their medals than ever before, and more medals are awarded every year than at any time in U.C.
To commemorate the honor and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought, and to show respect for those who serve, The Wall St. Journal has selected medals for service in the military from the world’s most distinguished and respected nations.
This year’s medal winners are from five nations, including Germany, Japan, Estonia, and France.
First prize: United States Navy