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 of a decade long grassroots nationwide effort to ensure they’re recognized and became part of U.S. history.
Photos provided to CTLatinoNews.com by Gabe Botero (Former Congressional Staffer for Senator Blumenthal)