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A Long Overdue Day for Filipino Veterans of WWII

October 26, 2017

You could sense the anticipation and the excitement in the room. It was a day that was long, long overdue, but finally, more than 70 years after the end of World War II, Filipino veterans were recognized for their bravery on the battlefield.  Read More

The Borinqueneers

April 18, 2016

Heroism, valor, and courage – these characteristics are the very core of all veterans who have fought & sacrificed for the United States. When the stories of battles fought are told, often lost are the moments of incredible compassion and decency that these men and women have shown when fighting abroad. Last week, Speaker Ryan was privileged to hear one of those lesser-known stories from Colonel John Palese, who traveled from Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his sons to see the 65th Infantry Regiment, the “Borinqueneers,” honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.   Read More

U.S. Congress Presents Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers

April 13, 2016

U.S. House and Senate leaders today presented a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers” for its pioneering military service, devotion to duty, and many acts of valor in the face of adversity. Read More

Gold Medal Ceremony: Congress to Honor 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers

March 18, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, for its pioneering military service, devotion to duty, and many acts of valor in the face of adversity. Read More

Foot Soldiers for Freedom Receive the Congressional Gold Medal

February 26, 2016

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow. Its storied tradition dates all the way back to the first recipient, General George Washington, and this week, leaders of the House and Senate presented the medal to a different kind of soldier—those who marched peacefully in the 1965 civil rights protests. Read More

Speaker Ryan, Congressional Leaders Honor Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches

February 24, 2016

"Today, we recognize them for who they are and what they are: Foot Soldiers for freedom. They did not only change the way that we live; they showed us how to live. They taught us that only a good country can be truly a free country. And so I am honored—honored—and proud to present this medal to the foot soldiers who marched—because they have added, immensely, to the glory of America.” Read More

The Monuments Men

October 21, 2015

During World War II, some of the world’s most historic pieces of art and architecture were at risk of being completely erased from our cultural history – da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Eiffel Tower, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony,  the list goes on and on. Recognizing this great risk, the United States created the “Monuments Men,” a unit of 345 men and women from 13 countries tasked with safeguarding priceless monuments, art, architecture, and text from Nazi troops determined to steal and destroy millions of cultural treasures. Read More

Seven Never-Before-Seen Photos

August 14, 2015

Sometimes, bill signing ceremonies can take place in front of lots of cameras with many members of Congress gathered around, but more often than not, these legislative victories are celebrated in a quieter fashion, with Speaker Boehner congratulating the sponsor of the legislation one-on-one. Read More

The Unbreakable: Code Talkers to Receive Gold Medals

November 14, 2013

Next week, Native American code talkers will be honored for their valor and dedication during World War I and World War II at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center. Read More

House & Senate Leaders Announce Gold Medal Ceremony for Code Talkers

November 04, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will hold a U.S. Capitol ceremony later this month to present Native American code talkers with the Congressional Gold Medal. Read More