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San Jose, California 95112
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Click on the link below to view photos from the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in San Jose on February 23, 2012

The U.S. Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) to the U.S. Army’s 100th
Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the Military Intelligence Service
(MIS) for their extraordinary accomplishments in World War II. The National Veterans Network
planned and executed the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony and associated events on Nov. 2,
2011 in Washington, D.C.

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), the San Jose Chapter of the Japanese American
Citizens League (JACL), the Friends and Families of Nisei Veterans (FFNV), local VFW Post 9970, and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, in conjunction with Representatives Zoe Lofgren, Mike Honda, and Anna Eshoo, will hold a local ceremony in San Jose, California at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin annex on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 4 to 6 p.m.

This event is being held to honor veterans and their families, as well as widows or families of veterans who were not able to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Unfortunately, because of limited space, we cannot accept any more registrations for the San Jose CGM ceremony.

You can still support this event by making the ceremony a memorable one for our veterans and their families. Please contact the Museum or send your check to "The Japanese American Museum of San Jose," noting that the donation is for the CGM ceremony. JAMsj is a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the
full extent allowable by law.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Who qualifies for this award?

Public Law 111-254 states that the CGM is to be awarded to veterans of the 100th, 442nd, as well
as Japanese Americans who served in the MIS during World War II. The Department of Defense
defines the period of WW II to be December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946.

Q. What is the Congressional Gold Medal?

This medal is an award bestowed by Congress and is the highest civilian award in the United
States. The decoration is awarded to an individual or unit who performs an outstanding deed
or act of service to the security, prosperity and national interest of the United States. The first
recipient of the medal was George Washington in 1776. Among the 145 individuals and units
awarded the medal were the Tuskegee Airmen, the Navajo Code Talkers, Thomas Edison and
the Wright Brothers.

Q. How does a qualified local veteran obtain a Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) replica?

Thanks to generous donors, all veterans, widows or a family member representing a veteran
who attend the ceremony in San Jose, California will be presented with a three-inch bronze CGM replica.

For those not attending the ceremony, the CGM replica can be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint
for $44.95 (you can also order a presentation case for the medal for an additional $8) by simply
clicking on the link below:

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