As we are now entering the fall season, it is a time to prepare for winter and enjoy the annual ritual of watching the emergence of fall colors as nature does its thing. Minnesota's fall foliage season typically progresses from north to south from mid-September through mid-October, but according to Minnesota State Parks and Trails, 2021 color activity and peak timeframes are more unpredictable this year owing to statewide drought conditions.
At this time, we are pleased to finally announce arrangements have been made to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American Veterans of World War II. The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is a program of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), a 501(c)8, and the National Chinese American Citizens Alliance Community Involvement Fund, a 501(c)3. China Insight volunteered to spread the word about this project and together we are spearheading a national campaign to identify, honor and recognize the efforts and accomplishments of all Chinese Americans who served in the United States Armed Services in World War II.
The mission of the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is to recognize, honor and celebrate the military service of Chinese Americans who fought in the Second World War through advocacy, education and preservation. Our work is to ensure that the achievements and contributions of the ‘greatest generation’ will never be forgotten. This project began over 4 years ago when bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
One of the first virtual Congressional Gold Medal Ceremonies to be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony featured leadership from both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, on Dec. 9 2020, United States House of Representatives Special Events YouTube, https://youtube/iETfRFJHtm4.
On that day, Chinese-American veterans who served in the Second World War were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in an online ceremony. The medal, Congress’ most prestigious civilian award, commemorated the thousands of Chinese and Chinese Americans who enlisted in all branches of the United States armed forces and served in all theaters of the conflict. Despite being subject to racial discrimination for decades — the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was not repealed until 1943 — more than one in 10 Chinese Americans joined the armed forces between 1941 and 1946. Legislation authorizing the gold medal was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018, and arrangements were made for a ceremony to take place in April 2020 in the Capitol Visitor Center. Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed and moved to a virtual format.
Be sure to visit for the latest schedule for regional ceremonies and an update as to how you might participate in this project to award the Congressional Gold Medal for Chinese American WWII veterans.
In closing, we wish all of you continued good health and encourage you to do your part to responsibly fight the COVID-19 pandemic.