ALRs from Post 178 and 321 prepare to ride in Gainesville’s 21st   annual Medal of Honor parade.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.

In 2001 Gainesville, Texas became the only city in America to host our nation’s highest decorated heroes to promote patriotism. On April 23, 2022, it completed its 21st annual Medal of Honor parade.

Seven Medal of Honor recipients attended the parade this year:  Sgt. Allen James Lynch, Specialist Fourth Class Michael John Fizmaurice, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Capt. James Allen Taylor, Capt. James E. Livingston, Petty Officer Robert “Bob” Ingram, and Hospital Corpsman Second Class Donald “Doc” Ballard.

Eight ALR members from Post 178 and 321 rode 70 miles to participate along with hundreds of other motorcyclists in this year’s parade. George Sutton, Post 178 ALR Director, said, “It was an honor to celebrate the heroism of the Medal of Honor recipients.”