signs resolution to honor minority
courageous service is well deserved."
March 24, 2000
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and other members of the Congressional Black
Caucus signed a resolution to honor World War II minority veterans.
The resolution designates May 25, 2000 as the Day of Honor to celebrate
the efforts of minority veterans throughout the country.
During World War II and in the years
since, these brave men and women were subjected to discriminatory
treatment. As many as 1,200,000 African Americans, 300,000 Hispanic
Americans, 50,000 Asian Americans, 20,000 Native Americans, 5,000
Native Hawaiians, and over 3,000 Native Alaskans served or sacrificed
their lives in the struggle against Nazism and fascism. "Veterans
of World War II are dying at an estimated rate of 1,000 a day. Thus,
a "Day of Honor" in recognition of their courageous service is not
only well deserved, but is also timely," concluded McKinney.