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Nov. 3, 2011
AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560
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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