Filipino WWII vets to get medals in D.C.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

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.

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