Chinatown Pushes for Congressional Gold Medal to Honor Chinese American War Heroes
This Saturday, folks will have a unique opportunity to attend an event that not only commemorates local veterans, but one that may help give these unsung heroes their deserved recognition in the eyes of the Federal government.
Throughout United States history, over 16,000 Chinese Americans participated in all four theaters of World War II. As of today, only fifty Chinese American WWII veterans are still alive. Because many were not native-born when they enlisted, but still served, they were not eligible for the Congressional Gold Medal upon returning home.
Tomorrow, the Lt. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 is hosting a photo shoot with all relatives and supporters of Chinese American WWII veterans. Attendees will hold pictures of veterans who have since passed or who cannot advocate for themselves.
The group photo will then be sent to all Congressional Representatives who have not yet endorsed H.R.2358, Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act.
Apparently, the Senate has already unanimously passed S.1050, The Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act. However, the above-mentioned House of Representatives’ companion bill still needs 53 co-sponsorships to pass before the end of the 115th Congress this coming December.
The event is happening tomorrow at 11am, 191 Canal Street.