Approximately 20000 Chinese American men and women served in every theatre of WWII defending American values. They exhibited patriotism and valor despite the existence of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and acts of discrimination. Of all WWII Chinese American veterans, an estimated of only 500-1000 are alive today.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) and the National Chinese American Citizens Alliance Community Involvement Fund spearheaded the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project, a “national campaign to identify, honor and recognize the efforts and accomplishments of all Chinese Americans who served in the United States Armed Services in World War II.”
Through advocacy and public outreach, the project has ensured that Chinese American achievements and contributions of the ‘greatest generation’ will never be forgotten. Beginning with bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in May 2017, the bills for the passage of the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act passed the Senate in September 2018 and the House in December 2018. President Donald Trump signed it into law on Dec. 20, 2018, whereby the U.S Mint and project representatives set about designing the medal.
When will the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony happen?
The CAWW2 Congressional Medal design has been completed and is awaiting final approval from the Secretary of the Treasury. Once approved by Secretary Mnuchin, Congress will set the date of the Medal Ceremony, which we anticipate will be held in Spring 2020.
What do you need to do now?
If your application was approved, you need to identify who will accept the medal by completing the Award of Medal Form. There is no need to complete this form again if you completed the form earlier.
Where will the CGM Ceremony be?
The first CGM ceremony will be in capital and the presentation will be done by Congress. In addition to the CGM ceremony, there also will be a D.C. Gala Dinner honoring the CAWW2 Veterans and their families. Seating at the CGM ceremony at Emancipation Hall will be limited. The Veterans Recognition Project will do its best to accommodate all who wish to attend. Of course, living CAWW2 veterans will receive priority over all other requests, followed by sponsor/donors with seating as defined by level of gift. It is anticipated that demand will exceed capacity and the remaining seats will be determined through a lottery system. However, all requests to attend the Gala Dinner should be accommodated. More information will be released once the date of the Washington CGM ceremony is set.
The Veterans Recognition Project also will host regional ceremonies across the country. Dates will be released after the Washington CGM ceremony in the is set.
Can veterans still be registered?
Yes, the Veterans Recognition Project will work to continue to identify CAWW2 Veterans eligible for the CGM. Veterans should be registered on our website.
Help make history!
Consider a donation to the CAWW2 Veterans Recognition Project by joining the Recognition Circle. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Donations of appreciated stocks, mutual funds and bonds that are publicly traded are also accepted.
Gold Medal Circle
With a contribution of $10,000 or more, supporters can become part of Gold Medal Circle. Members receive the listing in materials, invitation to all events, and have the option to present a Congressional Gold Medal at a medal ceremony. Benefits for the Washington DC Ceremony include:
Four reserved seats at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at Emancipation Hall in Washington, D.C.
One table (10 seats) at the D.C. Gala Dinner; and
One-page ad in program book.
With a contribution of $5,000 or more, supporters can become a part of the Founders Circle. Members receive the listing in materials and have the opportunity to attend our Chinese American World War II Veterans medal ceremonies and other events.
Benefits for the Washington Ceremony include:
Two reserved seats at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at Emancipation Hall in Washington
Half -table (five seats) at the D.C. Gala Dinner; and
One-page ad in program book.
Project's website: https://www.caww2.org