It was a moment 73 years in the making.
Top officials from both sides of the aisle — gathered at the capital to bestow the nation’s highest civilian award — the congressional gold medal to the remaining Filipino World War II veterans and to the families of veterans who have passed.
For retired Fil-Am US Army Major General Antonio Taguba — the celebration did not start and end last year in Washington.
For the past year, the general has traveled the country personally awarding the replica to Filipino veterans and their families.
General Taguba says that he has been to events where he was fortunate to meet many veterans; however, he was also proud to be there even for just one recipient.
The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, which Taguba runs, says their work continues as well.
The general is still on the move visiting veterans, most recently in Sacramento and Vallejo, California, where he gave out the replica medal to a large number of living Filipino WWII veterans and families.