Harrisburg, PA- State Rep. Jose Giral, D-Phila., praised the passage of his legislation that would honor the recipients of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal with a special registration plate.

House Bill 826 would add a special plate for passenger cars or trucks available for an additional $26 above the normal registration fee. The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded in 2016 to the 65th Infantry Regiment, a Puerto Rican unit of the U.S. Army nicknamed “The Borinqueneers.”

“The Borinquenner’s valor and dedication to the United States deserve recognition and remembrance. I am glad to be able to honor their courage,” Giral Said.

“Such a unique registration plate featuring the Borinqueneers can serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by these Puerto Rican veterans, as well as a symbol of the enduring bond between Puerto Rico and the United States,” he added. “The special registration plate would be a powerful way to commemorate their service and ensure their legacy lives on for generations to come.”

The 65th Infantry Regiment is the first Hispanic unit and the sole unit from the Korean War to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The regiment is also credited with the last battalion-sized bayonet assault in U.S. Army history.


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