Filipino World War II veterans receive Congressional gold medal
Congresswoman Bordallo speaks with Mr. Celestino Almeda, a Filipino veteran representing the Philippine
Commonwealth Army. Mr. Almeda is one of the less than 7,000 surviving veterans residing in the U.S. today.
Washington– Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo joined her colleagues in honoring Filipino veterans for their service during World War II. Filipino veterans of World War II were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, in recognition of their heroism and sacrifice alongside American service members.
Congresswoman Bordallo cosponsored the legislation in the House to honor these veterans for their service; it was enacted into law on December 14, 2016.
“Filipino World War II veterans fought bravely alongside U.S. service members and were instrumental to combating enemy forces in the Pacific. The Congressional Gold Medal they receive today honors their sacrifices and extends our country’s long overdue gratitude for their commitment to liberty and freedom. I am proud to join all Americans in recognizing Filipino World War II veterans for their courage and valor, and I hope our country never forgets the heroism they exhibited.”