Leavenworth, KS (PRWEB) January 21, 2013
Armed Forces Insurance (http://www.afi.org) recently announced its sponsorship of the National Veterans Network in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution in a national tour of the Congressional Gold Medal and its inspirational story.
Nearly seven decades after the beginning of World War II, the Congressional Gold Medal - the nation’s highest civilian award, was bestowed collectively, on the U.S. Army’s 100th infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military intelligence Service for their extraordinary accomplishments in World War II. The men in these units, comprised almost entirely of persons of Japanese ancestry, fought with uncommon bravery and valor against our nation’s enemies on the battlefield in Europe and Asia, even while many of their parents and other family members were held in internment camps. Their record demonstrates an abiding faith in the American dream, and provides an indelible testimony to the meaning of American patriotism and spirit.
“On behalf of the members of Armed Forces Insurance, we are proud to support the national tour of the Nisei Congressional Gold Medal and the National Veterans Network,” said LtGen Garry L. Parks (USMC, Retired), Chairman. “This is a wonderful opportunity for many more Americans to learn the story of why these brave warriors were recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal.”
Beginning in January 2013, the medal will begin its seven-city national tour through a partnership between the National Veterans Network, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and the National Museum of American History.
About National Veterans Network
The National Veterans Network is a coalition of Japanese American veteran and civic organizations representing eight regions in the United States that advocates on a national level to educate and enlighten the public about the experience and legacy of the Japanese American World War II soldiers.
About Smithsonian Institution
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research centers, and numerous educational and cultural programs. To learn more about the collaborating Smithsonian offices involved in this project, visit sites.si.edu, americanhistory.si.edu and apa.si.edu.
About Armed Forces Insurance
AFI was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation. The company provides premium quality, competitively priced property and casualty insurance to military professionals throughout the United States and overseas. AFI understands that its members have unique circumstances and insurance needs, enabling the company to offer a level of personalized service that’s unequaled in the industry. For more information, visit the website at http://www.afi.org or call 1-800-495-8234.