Honoring the Borinqueneers

On Tuesday, Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio honored members of the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers,” for their bravery and service at a Borinqueneers Florida Honor Ceremony in Orlando.

In June, Rubio was on hand when President Obama signed a bill into law to award the Borinqueneers with the Congressional Gold Medal. Click on the link to see the ceremony; the bill-signing portion begins around the 10:30 mark. The measure was sent to the President’s desk after the Senate passed S. 1174, which Rubio originally co-sponsored.

The Borinqueneers were a segregated Hispanic unit, comprised of mostly Puerto Rican soldiers, who were not given the same benefits and honors awarded to other soldiers despite their service in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Read the Orlando Sentinel’s article on the ceremony here.

Watch ABC Orlando’s coverage of the event here, and watch Univision Central Florida’s coverage of the event in Spanish here.

This post was originally written in English and may be being auto-translated by Google.

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