Filipino WWII vets to get medals in D.C.
Filipino World War II veterans will be honored for their courage and sacrifice at a long-awaited Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in October in Washington, D.C.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that the ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Emancipation Hall. More than 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American WWII veterans fought for the U.S. and Philippines. Today, approximately 15,000 to 18,000 veterans remain. Coordinators are currently tallying the number of Filipino WWII veterans in Hawaii.
In December, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure honoring Filipino WWII veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian award. Plans to distribute bronze replicas of the medal to veterans at an event following the ceremony is underway, according to the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, an organization that led a national campaign to push for recognition for Filipino WWII veterans.