Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2009.405.6
Dimensions: 3 ⅛ in X 1 ½ in X 1/8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 2.54 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Kevin M. Mroczkowski
Defense of Liberty medal awarded to Kevin M. Mroczkowski. The medal depicts an American flag and the Statue of Liberty with raised text: "DEFENSE OF LIBERTY | NEW YORK STATE." The reverse is inscribed: "New York State | Presented by | The Governor | Of New York State | In Grateful | Appreciation | For Homeland Defense Service | In Response to the | 11 September 2001 | Attack on the World Trade Center | New York City | Defense of Liberty." The medal is attached to a multicolored ribbon with a bar pin for affixing it to a uniform.
New York State Army National Guard member Kevin Mroczkowski received this medal for his service after 9/11. Mroczkowski was one of more than 8,000 Army National Guard soldiers called to duty on September 11.