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Army Heritage Center Foundation Announces 2019 Honorees

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In December 2018, the Nation finally recognized the contributions of our Chinese-American Veterans of World War II. Congress passed and the President signed the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act honoring the approximately 20,000 Chinese-Americans, or about 22% of their adult male population, that willingly served during the war.  Of those, over 90% served in the Army. The Army Heritage Center Foundation will honor and recognize their service at its 12th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 2, 2019.  Come honor their service as Harry Jung, a WWII Infantryman and a representative of the Chinese-American Soldiers of WWII, receives the Foundation’s Living Legend Award.

Honorees

  • Living Legend Award: Chinese-American World War II Veterans, represented by Mr. Harry Jung, Sergeant, 414th Infantry Regiment
  • Boots on the Ground Award: American Overseas Memorial Day Association

The Foundation has also selected the American Overseas Memorial Day Association to receive the Boots on the Ground Award.  Since 1920, the Association has ensured that those who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, and are buried in our overseas cemeteries, are honored on special occasions and most importantly on Memorial Day.  Each year, the Association facilitates and supports ceremonies honoring the memory of those who gave their lives in World War I and II.

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present, and those who support Soldiers, the Army Heritage Center Foundation, and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2012, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating in the former cafeteria area.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 2 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

 

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