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Leading Republican: Borinqueneers Monument Noble But Not With State Funding

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Bill Sarno

CTLatinoNews.com

Editor’s Update: On Tuesday, July 12, the $300,000 for the monument in New Britain honoring the ‘Borinqueneers’ was approved.

For members of Connecticut’s Puerto Rican community who have been working for several years to create a memorial park in New Britain  to honor the 65th Regiment Infantry “Borinqueneers,” it is a recognition that is needed, warranted and should become a reality as soon as possible.

However, a leading Republican legislator last week said a proposed grant for a monument in the park is among the items for state bonding allocations that are unjustified and reflect Democratic financial mismanagement.

“Projects like this monument can be paid ...

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Borinqueneer Award Ceremony – Connecticut Photo Gallery

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The  Congressional Gold Medal presented to Borinqueneers in attendance, sponsored by Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee

 

Last week, the Congressional Gold Medal was presented to the “Borinqueneers”.  In attendance was a delegation from Connecticut for the historic ceremony, including ‘Borinqueneers”  Jose Pickard and Celestino Cordova, who both served in the 65th military regiment during the Korean War.   The segregated infantry unit consisted of soldiers from Puerto Rico who fought valiantly in three wars for the United states, despite being subjected to discrimination and other harsh treatment.   Proud of their heritage, they nicknamed themselves the “Borinqueneers” as standing up for themselves.  This past week’s ceremony was the culmination ...

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‘Borinqueneers’ Finally Receive Their Congressional Gold Medal

Col. Manuel Siverio, right, and Sgt. Maj. Jose Colon, members of the Army's 65th Infantry Borinquereers, received the Congressional Gold Medal from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, left, during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C, on April 13, 2016. Photo credit: Shawn Thew, EPA

Col. Manuel Siverio, right, and Sgt. Maj. Jose Colon, members of the Army’s 65th Infantry Borinquereers, received the Congressional Gold Medal from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, left, during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C, on April 13, 2016. Photo credit: Shawn Thew, EPA

 

Finally, an Army regiment made up of Puerto Rican soldiers received its long-deserved recognition on Wednesday.

The 65th Infantry Regiment – which is known by the nickname “Borinqueneers” and fought and served in World War I, World War II and the Korean conflict – was honored at a ceremony at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., where ...

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