VIDEO & PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Honors Service and Sacrifice of Filipino World War II Veterans in Recognition of Earning Congressional Gold Medal
Washington DC – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke on the House floor to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers who bravely served our country during World War II. Earlier today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined Senator Hirono and other Congressional leaders in presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans in a presentation ceremony in the U.S. Capitol.
[Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s speech begins at 16:00]
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:
“Our country is forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of the over 200,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers who bravely served our country during World War II – heroes like Sixto Tabay, the last living Filipino World War II veteran on the island of Kauaʻi who I had the good fortune to meet with recently. People like him fought bravely and sacrificed greatly, and so many made the ultimate sacrifice alongside our American troops in that war, yet their service for decades has gone unrecognized by our country.
“Because of legislation that we passed, today is a very special day. These warriors are finally receiving the recognition they earned and deserve, joining the heroic ranks of the likes of the Tuskegee Airmen and Hawaii’s own 442nd/100th Infantry Battalion as we honored them in the U.S. Capitol with the Congressional Gold Medal – Congress’s highest civilian honor.
“To Major General Antonio Taguba, the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, and all of our World War II Filipino Veterans and their families who worked so hard and were so patient in making today a reality: Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard addresses attendees at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressional leaders present the Congressional Gold Medal
Congresswoman Gabbard and Senator Hirono’s law, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (Public Law 114-265), unanimously passed through Congress and was signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. The law 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.