By Kristina Wong - 02/21/14 03:23 PM EST
President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans, including 19 Jewish, Hispanic and African-American veterans previously overlooked because of their ethnicity.
“Each of these Soldiers’ bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award; that award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty,” the White House announced in a statement Friday.
The two dozen veterans will be awarded an upgrade from the Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor.
The March 18 award ceremony will mark the largest batch of Medal of Honor recipients since World War II. The recipeints' service spans World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Only three of those to be honored are alive.