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AARP Applauds Courage of Congressional Gold Medal Honorees

Japanese American military heroes receive prestigious, national recognition for World War II service

AARP Congressional Gold Medal VIP Reception

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Nov. 3, 2011

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AARP Applauds Courage of Congressional Gold Medal Honorees

Japanese American military heroes receive prestigious, national recognition for World War II service

Washington, DC— Leading up to Veteran’s Day, AARP today announced its support of the National Veterans Network, a coalition of 25 Japanese American veteran and civic organizations to honor Japanese American soldiers for their dedicated and decorated service during World War II.

On Nov. 2, AARP hosted a special Congressional Gold Medal replica presentation at the Washington Hilton. The U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service were honored for their accomplishments in World War II.

According to the U.S. House of Representatives website, since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Each medal honors a particular individual, institution, or event.

“The soldiers in these military units showed amazing bravery and steadfast courage even when faced with extraordinary odds,” said Lorraine Cortés-Vazquez, executive vice present of multicultural outreach and engagement for AARP. “AARP is proud to recognize their dedication to serving our nation and we deeply appreciate their unparalleled valiance.”

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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