26/02/2009: Filipino WWII Veterans Presents “Fighting Filipinos” Posters to Representatives Bob Filner and Mike Honda
26 February 2009 - During a reception hosted by Rep. Bob Filner at the Cannon House Office Building at Capitol Hill on 26 February 2009 to celebrate the victory of the Filipino WWII veterans in their fight for recognition and benefits, Filipino WWII veterans presented Representatives Bob Filner and Mike Honda “Fighting Filipinos” posters as a token of their appreciation for these legislators’ support in their struggle to achieve justice and for the key role that they played in their eventual victory following the passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation law.
During the February 26, 2009 celebration of the passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation law on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Mike Honda, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Rep. Bob Filner, chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, are presented "Fighting Filipinos" posters by WWII veterans (L to R): Amadeo Urbano, 85, Jesse Baltazar, 88, Celestino Almeda, 92, Rudy Panaglima, 78, Tomas Culanag, 85, and Alberto Bacani, 98
Filipino WWII veterans Celestino Almeda addressing the guests at the reception