Washington, DC – America250, the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, has unveiled the newly designed America250 Award. The state-of-the-art sculpture recognizes Americans who exemplify the intangible qualities of the American spirit. Three Honorees will receive the award this year during a Thanksgiving Day NFL game.  

Handcrafted from cast bronze with a patina finish, the award stands at 14 inches tall and weighs 6.625 pounds. Each custom award is designed and created by Bennett Awards, a women-owned, family-owned artisan business based in Placerville, California. 

The unique design forms an infinite loop of bending perspectives while remaining wholly connected. Echoing the lasting durability of the American project, the unbroken loop represents continuity, dynamism, and renewal. The design also forms a star when viewed from above – a longtime symbol of the nation and its heroes. The heroism of this year’s Honorees, just like the symbol of the star, serves as a light guiding our path forward. 

The America250 Awards will be presented in partnership with the National Football League during a Thanksgiving Day NFL game on November 25, 2021. This year’s awards will recognize three Honorees in the following categories—9/11 Heroes, First Responders, and Community Champions—in honor of the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Learn more about the program here

About America250America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation, is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027. For more information, visit www.america250.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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