[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 16, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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TRIBUTE TO THE 2017 ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS
HON. DARIN LaHOOD
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the 2017
recipients of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Presented annually, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to
our Nation's immigrant heritage, as well as individual achievement. The
Medals are awarded to U.S. citizens from diverse ethnic backgrounds who
exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional
lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular
heritage and culture. We honor these outstanding individuals because
the important work they do today creates a better world for all of us
tomorrow. This momentous occasion was celebrated with a patriotic
ceremony on Ellis Island and a recommitment by the leaders of the
organization to their mission of honoring diversity, fostering
tolerance and promoting religious and racial unity across America.
Since the Medals' founding, more than 2,500 American citizens have
received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, including seven American
Presidents, numerous United States Senators and Congressmen, two Nobel
Laureates, and many athletes, artists, clergy, and military leaders.
This Medal is not about material success, nor is it about the politics
of immigration; it is about the people who have committed themselves to
this nation, embraced the opportunities America offers, and most
importantly, who have used those opportunities to not only better their
own lives but make a difference in our country and in the lives of its
Citizens of the United States hail from every nation known to man.
The iconic metaphor of this nation as a veritable melting pot of
cultures continues to ring true, and it is this diversity that adds to
the unique richness of American life. It is the key to why America is
the most innovative, progressive and forward thinking country in the
world. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor not only celebrate select
individuals but also the pluralism and democracy that enabled our
forbearers to celebrate their cultural identities while still embracing
the American way of life. This award serves to remind us all that with
hard work and perseverance anyone can still achieve the American dream.
In addition, by honoring these remarkable Americans, we honor all who
share their origins and we acknowledge the contributions they have made
to America. I commend NECO and its Board of Directors headed by my good
friend, Nasser J. Kazeminy, for honoring these truly outstanding
individuals for their tireless efforts to foster dialogue and build
bridges between different ethnic groups, as well as to promote unity
and a sense of common purpose in our nation.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the good
works of NECO and in congratulating all of the 2017 recipients of the
Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipients
Ken Aagaard, David B. Agus, MD, The Honorable Dr. Buzz
Aldrin, Hormoz Ameri, Loreen Arbus, Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Nadim
C. Ashi, Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey, Sook Ja Bang,
Herb Baum, Ruth Bedevian, Kurken Yetvart Berksanlar, Mollie
Ann Bracigliano, Susan Burchard, Thomas L. Cantone, Robert E.
Carlucci, LTC Daniel L. Cederman, Heather Won Choi, Winn
Claybaugh, Konstantine Costalas, Peter Cuneo, Robert Currie,
BS, MA, PhD (Hon.), FSA Scot, Captain Michael H. Day, Ronald
A. DePinho, MD, Joseph D'Urso, Suzanne El Sayegh, MD, FACP,
Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi, Mohammad Farzaneh, Commander
Jonathan A. Forsberg, MD, PhD, Michael Greco, Mindy Grossman,
Emile K. Haddad, Adil H. Haider, MD, MPH, FACS, Lieutenant
General Stayce D. Harris, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Lucine
Mardirosian Harvey, Yumi Hogan, Rachel S. Howitt, Ming Hsieh,
Soo-ll Jung, Governor John Kasich, Mumtaz A. Kazim, MD,
Thomas A. Keller, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, ESQ, Alsun Keogh,
R. Gil Kerlikowske.
Olga Kern, Annapoorna S. Kini, MD, Murat N. Koprulu, Sven
Kraemer, Honorable Darin M. LaHood, Sherry Lansing, Noel
Lateef, Andy Andranik, Madadian, Bill McMorrow, Frank
Melkonian, George Fouad Mobassaleh, Sebastian Paul Musco,
Francois Nader, MD, MBA, Daniel A. Nigro, Indra K. Nooyi,
Jeffrey S. Olson, Eleni Paliros-Bousis, Dinesh Paliwal.
Harris Pastides, PhD, Mohan H. Patel, Yashvant Patel, Joan
Agajanian Quinn, Honorable Azita Raji, Brigadier General
Austin E. Renforth, Commanding General, Marine Corp, Dame
Tadia Rice, Ihor S. Sawczuk, MD, FACS, Richard C. Shadyac,
Jr., Major General Larry W. Shellito USN (Ret.), EdD, James
P. Sherlock, Anne Shih, Assistant Chief Theresa J. Shorten,
Maggie Soleimani, Esq., Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.),
Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila,
Esq., Ara Tekian, PRD, MHPE, Dr. Sean Shaheen Tedjarati.
Garo M. Terzakian, MD, Rear Admiral Cynthia M. Thebaud, USN
(Ret.), Alvin S. Trenk, Veronica Tsang, Cumrun Vafa,
Brigadier General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, USA, Charlie Woo,
Chun B. (Charlie) Yim, D.B.A, Ma Cheol Yim, Dr. Fareed
International Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipients
Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, Amir A. Dossal, FCA, Hamdi
Global Humanitarian Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient