Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is an American award founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO)[1] which pays homage to the immigrant experience and the contribution made to America by immigrants and their children. The medals are awarded to native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens.[2][3]

The medals were established at the time of NECO's founding in 1986; a ceremony is held each May on Ellis Island.[4] All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record.[5] The Great Hall where immigrants were once processed hosts the gala dinner which follows the ceremony. Approximately 100 medalists are honored each year. Past medalists include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.[6]

Notable medalists[edit]

Notable medalists include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Global Hotelier, Abdul Suleman, Awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor". BusinessWire. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sandra Day O’Connor presented Ellis Island Medal of Honor". PIX 11 TV News. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "7 Armenians to Receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor". Asbarez Post. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Congressional Record, V. 148, PT. 3, March 11, 2002 to April 10, 2002. U S Congress. April 9, 2002. p. 4038. 
  5. ^ "Congressional Record - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  6. ^ United States of America Congressional Record Proceedings and Debates (June 22, 1999 ed.). US Government Printing Office. p. 13907. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ellis Island Medals of Honor Awards Ceremony". Congressional Record Online. Government Publishing Office. 22 June 1999. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.canyon-news.com/artman2/publish/Features-Aug-2007/The_Laugh_Factory_and_Jamie_Masada_No_Laughing_Matter_printer.php
  9. ^ "The 22nd Annual Celebration of the International Day of Older Persons "Longevity Shapes the Future"" (PDF). United Nations NGO Commiittee on Aging. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Liberty Dialysis Physicians Fahim Rahim and Naeem Rahim to Receive Ellis Island National Medals of Honor for Their Contribution to Achievements in Dialysis and Kidney Care". Business Wire. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 84 (Wednesday, June 6, 2012)". GPO. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Liberty Dialysis Physicians Fahim Rahim and Naeem Rahim to Receive Ellis Island National Medals of Honor for Their Contribution to Achievements in Dialysis and Kidney Care". Reuters. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Joe DiMaggio, Victor Borge, Anita Bryant, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, and Donald Trump pose for a photograph after receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor October 27, 1986 in New York City.

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