Chinese American WWII veterans expect honor ceremony in autumn

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-23 10:51:08|Editor: huaxia

DENVER, the United States, May 22 (Xinhua) -- American political leaders have set this autumn for an awards ceremony honoring more than 18,000 Chinese Americans who served U.S. forces in World War II (WWII), NBC news website reported Friday.

A spokesperson for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the media that organizers hoped the event, cancelled in April due to COVID-19 concerns, can be rescheduled for later this year.

The Chinese American veterans were collectively honored in 2018 with the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation's highest civilian honors, with the official ceremony originally scheduled last month at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Ed Gor, national director of the Chinese American WWII veterans recognition project, told NBC that fewer than 300 service members are still alive today, who had never been acknowledged for their service.

It is estimated that between 12,000 and 20,000 Chinese Americans served in the United States during WWII. Enditem