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The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations – NECO is the sponsor of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor that are presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select group of individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Medal and we are planning a spectacular event worthy of such an auspicious milestone.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America. As always, NECO remains dedicated to the maintenance and restoration of America’s greatest symbol of its immigrant history, Ellis Island.
Since its founding in 1986, the Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards. In that time we have honored distinguished and diverse Americans including six Presidents of the United States; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as esteemed Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Lee Iacocca, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Louis Zamperini and Rosa Parks, just to name a few.
Personally, I have never heard of this award before today but that is beside the point. The thing I found interesting about it was the list of people who received the award at the first ceremony in 1986.
These are the winners, by ancestry and present or former profession or occupation: Muhammad Ali, African-American, boxer. Charles Allen, English, broker. Michel C. Bergerac, French, businessman. Dr. C. Kazys Bobelis, Lithuanian, surgeon. Victor Borge, Danish, entertainer. Joe Bowen, Welsh, contractor. John Brademas, Greek, educator. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish, educator. Anita Bryant, Native American, entertainer. Curtis L. Carlson, Swedish, executive. Cesar Chavez, Mexican, labor leader. Mildred Imach Cleghorn, Native American, activist. Claudette Colbert, French, actress. Walter Cronkite, Dutch, journalist. Edward J. DeBartolo, Italian, developer. John Denver, German, singer. Joe DiMaggio, Italian, baseball player. Lev. E. Dobriansky, Ukrainian, diplomat. Christopher J. Dodd, Irish, poltician. Kirk Douglas, Russian, actor. Alex Esclamato, Philippine, publisher. Archbishop Patrick P. Flores, Mexican, cleric. Erik J. Friis, Norwegian, activist. A. Bartlett Giamatti, Italian, educator. Roberto C. Goizueta, Cuban, executive. Dr. Vartan Gregorian, Armenian, librarian. Jon Hanson, Austrian, developer. Helen Hayes, Irish, actress. John F. Henning, Irish, labor leader. Benjamin Hooks, African-American, activist. Dolores Reade Hope, Irish, philanthropist. K. P. Hwang, Korean, executive. Archbishop Iakovos, Greek, cleric. Daniel K. Inouye, Japanese-American, politician. Tyyni Kalervo, Finnish, restaurateur. Dr. George S. Kanahele, Hawaiian-American, educator. Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, Asian-Indian, educator. Coretta Scott King, African-American, activist. John W. Kluge, German, executive. John Cardinal Krol, Polish, cleric. Frank Lausche, Yugoslav, politician. Jean MacArthur, English, philanthropist. The Rev. Douglas Lachlan MacLean, Scottish, theologian. Dr. Herbert P. MacNeal, Scottish, physician. Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Armenian, cleric. Aloysius A. Mazewski, Polish, activist. Dr. Matthew Mestrovic, Croatian, activisit. Carlos Montoya, Spanish, guitarist. Prof. Gabriel Nahas, French, pharmacologist. Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovak, athlete. Michael Novak, Slovak, writer. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, French, editor. Arnold Palmer, Scottish, athlete. Milan Panic, Yugoslav, executive. Dr. Antonia Pantoja, Puerto Rican, social worker. Rosa Parks, African-American, activist. Gregory Peck, English, actor. John Petlica, Czechoslovak, broadcaster. Milton Petrie, Russian, philanthropist. Orville Prestholdt, Norwegian, Government official. Claire Quintal, Canadian, educator. Louise Rodrigues, Portuguese, teacher. Peter Rona, Hungarian, banker. Mirielle Rostad, Belgian, nurse. Paul Sanchez, Puerto Rican, labor leader. Domenick S. Scaglione, Italian, banker. Prof. Leo Schelbert, Swiss, educator. The Rev. Wallace R. Schulz, German, cleric. Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, Swedish, scientist. Elsbeth M. Seewald, German, activist. Alexander Spanos, Greek, executive. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, German, publisher. Dr. Zoltan Szaz, Hungarian, lobbyist. James Tamer, Lebanese, activist. Donald J. Trump, German, developer. Dr. Andrew Udvardy, Hungarian, activist. Barbara Walters, Rumanian, broadcaster. Andy Williams, Welsh, singer. Dr. Vera von Wiren-Garczynski, Russian, educator. Prof. Chien-Shung Wu, Chinese, physicist.
I highlighted the names I recognize. I stumbled upon this little tidbit of trivia via Snopes while I was digging around for info on Trump.
From the Snopes article.
In the summer of 2016, as Donald Trump made strong arguments against immigration and said that he would build a border wall and deport illegal immigrants, the following photograph circulated, showing the Republican presidential nominee alongside Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks...While Donald Trump has battled accusations of racism throughout his 2016 presidential campaign (and throughout much of his career), his supporters have shared the above-displayed photograph as proof that Trump is not racist.
1. Like I said, first time I have ever heard about it but then, I am not a Trump supporter.
Snopes concludes the rumor to be true but went on to explain:
However, the fact that Donald Trump received the award and posed for a photograph says little about his motivations or whether or not he has racist tendencies, only that he received an award and participated in a ceremony meant to honor him (and others).
Well, Snopes, the same can be said for everyone who ever received the award, including Hillary Clinton in 1999. That is a piss poor argument to try to dismiss someone's accomplishments.