Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama awarded 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor:
“In 1775, Alexander Hamilton wrote: ‘there is an enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism.’ Today we celebrate twenty-four Americans – whose enthusiasm for liberty and love of country led them to commit acts of great courage at great risk to their own lives – as they receive the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. These courageous Americans earned their medals by risking their lives for a nation founded on equality, but for decades their acts of bravery were not treated equally. Finally, our country is giving them the recognition they deserve.
“I was proud to vote for the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act, which ordered a review of war records from Jewish and Hispanic veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to rectify cases where discrimination on the home front led to a denial of the recognition they were due for heroic acts on the battlefield. Courage knows no color or creed; it has no language, no distinguishing trait other than a deep commitment to justice and duty. I join in thanking these twenty-four Medal of Honor recipients for their service to a grateful nation and in expressing Congress’s regret that bestowing this recognition took far too long.”