WE SIGN THIS PETITION IN SUPPORT OF A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO BE AWARDED TO THE 65TH INFANTRY REGIMENT BORINQUENEERS.
Of all the honors Congress can bestow, the awarding of a Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) is the most distinguished. The CGM has been bestowed to other minority veterans who served in segregated units, including:
the Navajo Code Talkers (July 26, 2001)
the African-American Tuskegee Airmen (March 29, 2007)
the Japanese-American Nisei (May 26, 2012)
the African-American Montford Point Marines (June 28, 2012).
It would be an honor for the 65th Infantry “Borinqueneers” to be added to this list.
Since the adoption of a CGM for the Borinqueneers requires 2/3's co-sponsorship from both the House of Rep. and the Senate, we respectfully ask members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to co-sponsor legislation, and/or strongly support such legislation honoring the Latino Veterans who courageously served in the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment.
We feel that bestowing the CGM to the Borinqueneers would be a fitting way to honor them as American heroes who served their country with distinction and fought bravely while enduring the hardships of segregation and discrimination.
This initiative is being spearheaded by the Borinqueneers CGM Alliance, a nation-wide group of volunteers;and sponsored by the You Are Strong! Center for Veterans Health and Human Services.
You should sign this petition if you believe that the valiant service of the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers is worthy of our highest civil award - the Congressional Gold Medal.
This recognition not only recognizes the Veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment but all Latino Veterans past, present and future.
During the Korean War, the 65th Infantry was arguably the most ethnically diverse combat fighting unit that comprised of not only Puerto Ricans, but also Mexican Americans, Virgin Islanders, Filipinos, and African-Americans among many other ethnicities.
The only Latino Army four-star general, Gen. (Retired) Richard Cavazos is a Mexican-American. He served with the 65th Infantry in Korea and he earned the Army highest combat award, the Distinguished Service Cross.
To demonstrate to our lawmakers that this is an issue that has the support of the LATINO community on a national level, we welcome signatures from all parts of the United States and Puerto Rico (internationally too!). There is strength in numbers! Let's show the numbers by accumulating as many signatures as possible!