The Phoenix Chinese American Citizens Alliance will host the Southwest Region Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony and Luncheon in honor and recognition of the service and sacrifice paid by Chinese American WWII Veterans.
The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, according to a press release.
Eligible veterans, their surviving spouse or next of kin will be presented with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at the event, which recognizes personnel specifically within the Southwest Region — representing Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.
There are an estimated 300 to 550 living Chinese American WWII Veterans, including 40% without citizenship, who served to protect their country and the world. Many of their stories of heroism and bravery remain untold and unrecognized, the release said.
Spearheaded by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, the Chinese American WWII Recognition Project successfully advocated for the Congressional Gold Medal for the Chinese American WWII Veterans that resulted in the bipartisan passage of the Chinese American WWII Veteran Congressional Gold Medal act signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018.
Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Chinese American WWII Veterans in recognition of their service on Dec. 9, 2020, 75 years after the end of WWII, noted the release.
The Dec. 4 event is free for honorees. However, additional guests are welcome, and cost is $45 per person.
The Phoenix Chinese American Citizens Alliance has a mission to empower Chinese Americans by promoting high ethics and morals while practicing and defending American citizenship, its rights and responsibilities; observing American patriotism by preserving historical and cultural traditions, providing youth leadership, community learning through education.
For more information about the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project: caww2.org; Phoenix Chinese American Citizens Alliance: cacaphx.org.
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