Awarding of Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Filvets on Oct. 25

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. government will honor Filipino World War II veterans during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at the Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center here on October 25, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced. 

The much-awaited event will be on Wednesday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. The formal presentation will recognize the service and sacrifice of Filipino WWII veterans and their families, some of whom are expected to attend.

The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), which spearheaded the national campaign to secure this long-delayed recognition, is the officially designated liaison to the U.S. Mint, which handles the design and minting of the Congressional Gold Medal.

Plans for the presentation and distribution of bronze replicas at a dinner event following the ceremony are underway. FilVetREP is organizing this national celebration, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

FilVetREP is coordinating the program for the awards ceremony with Ryan’s office. Further details will be provided as they become available. – Inquirer.net