TOMORROW: Congress to Present Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II Veterans

October 24, 2017
Press Release
Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in U.S. Capitol Follows Gabbard & Hirono Bill to Honor Filipino World War II Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Tomorrow, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and Congressional Leaders will present Filipino World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will take part in the bipartisan, bicameral ceremony.

Congresswoman Gabbard and Senator Hirono’s law, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (Public Law 114-265), was signed into law by President Obama and awarded the medal collectively to the over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who responded to President Roosevelt’s call-to-duty and fought under the American flag during World War II.

WHO: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Senator Mazie K. Hirono
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Filipino Veterans of World War II and Next of Kin

WHAT: Presentation of Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II Veterans

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. EST/5:00 a.m. HST

WHERE: Emancipation Hall, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

MEDIA LOGISTICS: The ceremony is open to invited guests and credentialed members of the media. TV crews with equipment may access Emancipation Hall at 8:00 a.m. EST to pre-set. All equipment must be in place by 9:00 a.m. for the security sweep. All members of the media must contact their respective congressional media gallery should they intend to cover this event.

The ceremony will be live streamed on facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard.

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