A celebration dedicated to honoring those who inspire others through their own acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity—particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community, and education.Watch Now
WWII Veteran, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist.Photo Credit: Linda M. Barrett, photographer
Celebrated Literary Scholar, Journalist, and Cultural Critic
Presidential Historian and Best-Selling Author.Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz, photographer
Renowned WWII and Military Historian
WWII Veteran and 56th Secretary of StatePhoto Credit: Annie Leibovitz, photographer
Avid Aviator and Veteran Advocate
Groundbreaking NASA Mathematicians.Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz, photographer
Holocaust Survivor, Educator, and Activist
First Latina General in the US Marine Corps
Transatlantic WWII Army Nurse
Decorated WWII Veteran and Civil Rights Attorney
WWII Aviator and Home Front Heroes Advocate
The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is given annually to one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American spirit in his or her community. Through this award, The National WWII Museum promotes these values to students nationwide and honors those who exemplify them.LEARN MORE
Special thanks to Bennett Awards for providing the medallions for American Spirit Award honorees.
The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, June 18, with a pre-show countdown starting at 6:30 p.m. (CT). If you are outside of the US central time zone, convert the event’s start time using the World Clock Tool.
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