WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, January 17, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in recognition of his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.
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.
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.
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.