By Geneva Sands - 02/11/13 03:28 PM EST
Romesha is being honored for his actions during the Battle of Kamdesh, one of the bloodiest days for American soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.
He will be the fourth living Medal of Honor recipient to be awarded for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Medal of Honor, which was first authorized in 1861, is the highest medal awarded to members of the armed forces for valor in combat.
Romesha was announced as the Medal of Honor recipient last month on the same day that the president met with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the White House.
"In this war, more than 2,000 of America’s sons and daughters have given their lives. These are patriots that we honor today, tomorrow, and forever. And as we announced today, next month I will present our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, to Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha for his heroic service in Afghanistan.," said Obama in January at a joint press conference with Karzai.
Romesha's family, as well as first lady Michelle Obama will attend the afternoon ceremony.
Romesha will also be a guest of the first lady at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
—Justin Sink contributed.