REP LIEU HONORS CHINESE AMERICAN WWII VETERANS AT CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu issued the following statement after Congress held a virtual ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Chinese American veterans of World War II. The ceremony recognized the contributions made by more than 18,000 Chinese American World War II veterans. Congressman Lieu, along with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA) led the passage of the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act, which ensured these heroes could be honored.
“I’m proud to have co-led the introduction of the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act to award the highest civilian honor—a Congressional Gold Medal—to these heroes. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Chinese Americans served with courage and distinction during World War II. Even with the Chinese Exclusion Act in place, almost 20,000 of these brave men and women served in the armed forces in every theater of battle and every branch of service, earning citations for their heroism and honorable service. As a veteran, I’m grateful to have worked on this bipartisan, bicameral legislation with Senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono as well as former Representative Ed Royce and Senator Thad Cochran to honor the lives and legacies of our World War II heroes.”