CHAPTER CHATTER

The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Volume 10, Issue 12
Paul E. Bombardier,  Editor
December, 2017

Ed Ellis. The Man On The Job.

Ed Ellis was recently photographed blowing leaves away from the Memorial site for many hours before coming to the meeting. (Photo by Rob Shirley.)

10-25-2017. A Long Overdue Day for Filipino Veterans of WWII.

You could sense the anticipation and the excitement in the room. It was a day that was long, long overdue, but finally, more than 70 years after the end of World War II, Filipino veterans were recognized for their bravery on the battlefield..

In a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, Congress awarded the Filipino veterans of WWII with the Congressional Gold Medal, and leaders from both parties thanked them for their service and sacrifice.  

Note: The Congressional Gold Medal dates all the way back to George Washington and is the highest honor that Congress can bestow to express the appreciation of the American people.  

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock invited Narce and Leslie Caliva to be her special guests at the US Capitol  to attend a bicameral, bipartisan ceremony honoring the Filipino Veterans of World War II, for whom the Congressional Gold Medal has been struck. The leaders of both the Senate and House participated in the event.

 WW2 Filipino veteran Celestino Almeda speaks to the audience and thanks the gathered dignitaries as a representative of those who could not attend or have passed away.