Medal of Honor Character Development Program Resolution Passes in Tennessee

On April 8, 2013, The Webster Group was proud to be a part of a historic day surrounding the unanimous passing of Joint Resolution 45 in the Tennessee State Senate in recognition of a model character development program in Tennessee public schools. Written by four students from Knoxville Central High School and sponsored by Senator Becky Massey, R-Knoxville, Resolution 45 urged the official adoption by the State Board of Education of the Congressional Medal of Honor Character Development Program as the official curriculum to be used to meet the character education requirements currently set out in state law. Tennessee is the first state to adopt this program.

Senator Becky Massey, Col. (Ret.) Leo Thorsness, students Abby Booher and Brittany Davis at the Tennessee State Senate Capitol

The Character Development Program, created by Medal of Honor Recipients and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, “incorporates the ideals of courage and selfless service into the middle and high school curriculum to build character and promote responsible citizenship.”

Prior to the 5:00 pm State Senate session, The Webster Group was directly involved in helping to coordinate the itinerary and schedules of a number of meetings between the students, Medal of Honor convention and foundation representatives, and Governor Haslam’s office, including: Medal of Honor Convention committee co-chairs Joe Thompson and Chris Coyne; Convention Education Director Don Naab; Abby Booher and Brittany Davis (two students who co-authored the resolution); Dr. Michael McDaniel (Central High School history teacher and student sponsor); Medal of Honor recipient and immediate past president of the Medal of Honor Society, Col. (Ret.) Leo Thorsness and his wife Gaylee; and other supporters who all toured the Tennessee State Senate Capitol in Nashville to promote the resolution.

Senator Becky Massey, Col. (Ret.) Leo Thorsness, Governor Bill Haslam, and Medal of Honor Convention and Foundation representatives

Following the passing of the resolution, The Webster Group played an integral role in planning a celebratory dinner for Medal of Honor convention and foundation representatives, members of the Knoxville, Tennessee congressional delegation, the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and Convention Honorary Committee member, Many-Bears Grinder, and representatives from Nashville-area schools and educational organizations.

Initially planned as an intimate 15-person dinner in the historic Hermitage Hotel, it quickly grew to 40 people. TWG staff was able to negotiate a larger room within the hotel to accommodate this larger crowd.

Because the Hermitage Hotel, built in the style of Beaux Arts Classicism, is already a beautiful building, not much additional décor was necessary for the dinner. The Webster Group staff designed the tables to include linens, floral to include blue hydrangea and yellow lilies, and individual place cards for that added touch. The book Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty was placed in each guest’s chair, which was also signed by Medal of Honor recipient, Leo Thorsness, after the dinner.

For more information about the Medal of Honor Character Development, click here.

For information about the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville, contact, Wendy Drake, President, The Webster Group at