San Francisco recognizes Filipino WWII veterans, with replica congressional medals

SAN FRANCISCO — An emotional ceremony at the San Francisco City Hall last night, where Filipino WWII veterans who could not make it to Washington DC last week for the Congressional medal of honor ceremony were honored by the community.

As part of the city’s Fil-Am history month celebration, the aged war heroes were given a recognition seven decades in the making.

In 2015, the San Francisco board of supervisors adopted a resolution to call on the US Congress to award the congressional gold medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to the Filipino WWII veterans.

After the official presentation of the medal to the veterans at the US Capitol last week, the city was able to honor some of its Filipino veterans, with their own bronze replica of the medal.

“I’m so thankful to receive this congressional gold medal, but for my part I would like to mention for those who are survivors of the death march they are more deserving,” said Leocadio Ansis, a veteran. “And for the soldiers who died and gave their lives in the name of freedom and the pursuit of happiness.”

The awarding of the medal was part of san francisco’s annual celebration of Filipino American history month.

“It just couldn’t be a more poignant moment for all of us. We have so much pride and it’s such an honor for them to be here and it took way too long to recognize what they did for us,” said Hydra Mendoza, from the SF board of education.

“I think that speaks a lot of what the community is all about. It speaks a lot of what Filipino culture, heritage, and our virtues are. So we are very grateful for that,” said SF Consulate General Henry Bensurto.

More than 250,000 Filipino soldiers served alongside US soldiers in World War II, including more than 57,000 who died in battle. After the war ended, president Harry S. Truman signed the Rescission Act of 1946, that stripped away full military benefits for Filipino veterans.

Advocates for Filipino veterans said that while they celebrate the awarding of the congressional gold medal, their fight for benefits still continues to ensure that the remaining vets and the families of the vets who passed will get what’s rightfully theirs.

According to Veterans Equity Center of San Francisco, fundraising will begin to ensure that the Filipino veterans in the Philippines and their families will also be able to get replicas of the congressional gold medal.

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  • Mario
    31 October 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Pres H Truman a Democrat signed the Rescission Act of 1946, that stripped away full military benefits of Filipino veteran. After 75 years the Fil WW2 veteran finally received the Congressional Gold medal as recognition for bravery and service to USAFE. For the past 8 years, Obama and the Democrat only need our votes, but did nothing. Thank you Prez Trump, it took you only 8 months to give us the highest award for WW2 Fil vets.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    31 October 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    WE SALUTE ALL FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS…WE “STAND TALL AND PROUD AND IN SOLIDARITY” WITH ALL FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS… WE DO NOT KNEEL DOWN BECAUSE OF CHEAP CAUSES…

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