Each year since 1962, Concord has acknowledged the outstanding efforts of some very dedicated citizens at the Honored Citizen Celebration. The award to the Honored Citizen is intangible. During the year of honor, the citizen is asked to lead the Patriots Day Parade and participate in the town's celebrations and ceremonies. He/she receives a replica of the original Boston Post Cane presented annually to each Honored Citizen.
In addition, the individual's name is added to the plaque located in the Town House. The Honored Citizen(s) shall be a resident(s) of the Town of Concord who is not an Elected Official. Selection is based upon significant volunteer service to the Town and/or fellow citizens which is above and beyond any remuneration (employment or profession is not considered). Volunteer service shall have been given over an extended period of time and evaluated upon depth of commitment; position(s) held and amount of time given.