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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.
October 1, 2016 - BCGM Ceremony in Lawton, Oklahoma in honor of SFC Marcos Melendez (Ret.). Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch greets the 93-year-old veteran of three wars who served in the Army for 30 years.
SFC Marcos Melendez (Ret.) and his wife Irma.
A display of Marcos medals, awards and photos. Marcos served with the 65th during World War II in Headquarters & Headquarters Co. and in Korea in Co. "F" where he received the Purple Heart.
Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch awards SFC Marcos Melendez (Ret.) the BCGM.
He also receives a Citation in his honor from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Guests greet and congratulate Marcos at a large community gathering on his behalf.
Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
The Citation in his honor from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Marcos and his family in a group shot.
Mrs. María Santini, widow of MAJ Luis Santini (Ret.) and family accept the BCGM on his behalf from Agustín Montañez, the Puerto Rico Veteran's Advocate and her cousin, Ángel Santini, of Acacia Network. Medal was provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network..
August 18, 2016 - CareOne At Wellington Resident Receives Congressional Gold Medal in New Jersey.
Here is the replica medal and Certificate to be awarded to Wendell Vega of Co. "E". Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
Noemi surprises Wendell Vega with a BCGM replica medal given to him by SFC Angel Cordero (Ret.).
Associate Producer William Cruz reads the accompanying Certificate.
Wendell Vega's daughter, Amy, proudly kisses her father.
Wendell Vega's buddies cheer him on.
The CareOne staff, Wendell's daughter, Noemi, Angel and William in a group shot with Wendell.
Wendell Vega served in Co. "E".
December 18, 2016 - Florida BCGM Ceremony took place at the Kissimmee Civic Center sponsored by Vice-Mayor of Kissimmee, Wanda Rentas.
An archival photo of CSM Anibal Albertorio (Ret. displayed.
A wreath is laid for the opening of the program,
The event was helped made possible by many volunteers and in-kind services provided by the community.
Mayor General Marta Carcana, Adjutant of the Puerto Rico National Guard, speaks to the audience.
Various photos of Borinqueneer veterans.
More than 60 Borinqueneer veterans were honored with replica medals.
Left to right: MG Marta Carcana, Adjutant of the Puerto Rico National Guard and Commissioner Wanda Rentas - Vice Mayor City of Kissimmee award a replica medal to Diego Melendez. Photo: Albie Albertorio