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2016 Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremonies that have taken place in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Florida, as well miscellaneous individual ceremonies.
April 26, 2016 - Puerto Rico BCGM Ceremony on the grounds of El Morro Fortress in San Juan, PR.
Hundreds of 65th veterans attend with their families to receive replica medals purchased by the Puerto Rico National Guard.
Elpicio Jimenez of Co. "A".
Nicolas Cancel Figueroa of Co. "C".
An honor guard opens the ceremony.
A POW flag is draped over a chair by members of the 65th Infantry Association in remembrance of those who did not return.
Nicolas Cancel Figueroa came from Lajas, PR to attend the ceremony.
Left to right: Domingo Pellicier, Bernardo Cabrera Torres, Noemi, Luis Perez Morales.
Photo of Antonio Pintado Rios held by his daughter, Aurea Ortiz.
Puerto Rico National Guardsmen hand out the replica medals to vetted Borinqueneer veterans who had registered with proof of 65th service.
A basket of replica medals.
Mr. & Mrs. Juan Figueroa Nazario of Medical Co. traveled from Ciales, PR to attend.
Pablo Delgado Medina of Co. "E" traveled from Gurabo, PR.
Physical impairments were not going to stop these veterans from attending this historic event.
The Old Guard Borinqueneer poses with the New Guard of the 1st Battalion, 65th Inf. Regt.
A replica uniform of the Spanish colonial troops.
Jose Leon Camacho of Heavy Mortar Co. (left) and Edwin Perez Nieves of Companies "G" and "C".
Photo of Hector "Rene" Arroyo-Rosado is held by his daughter and granddaughter.
Left to right: Elpidio Jimenez, Edwin Perez Nieves, Noemi, Luis Raul Conty and SGT Pascual Rosa-Feliciano (Ret., USAR).
Due to limited parking in the area, transportation was provided to the guests to parking lots.
65th Infantry veterans board a bus home.
Javier Morales, Pres. of the 65th Inf. Association of Puerto Rico with Noemi.