Mother of fallen Marine Travis Manion has been selected as a finalist for a national award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Janet Manion, of Doylestown Township, was chosen as one of 20 finalists from across the country, the foundation announced this week.
The Citizen Service Before Self Honors award "recognizes and honors those ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness."
Manion was chosen for her creation and leadership of the Travis Manion Foundation, the group said.
"Janet Manion’s dedication to assisting the families of Fallen Heroes, veterans and the military community continues to be an inspiration and a credit to the state of Pennsylvania and to her fellow Americans," it said in a biography of Manion.
The Travis Manion Foundation runs three primary programs:
- The Honor the Fallen program offers grants to keep the legacies of fallen heroes alive.
- The Character Does Matter leadership program brings the stories of fallen heroes to schools around the nation to inspire young men and women.
- The Manion Foundation’s brings local communities together for a run to remember, honor and support those lost on September 11, 2001.
The three winners of the Citizen Service Before Self Honors will be announced March 12, the foundation said.
Janet and her husband Tom are active in the Doylestown-area community, and their daughter, Ryan Manion, is as a Doylestown Township supervisor.