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[HISTORY] OCA Unveils Historical Marker Honoring AA Soldiers in the Civil War

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  • madchinaman
    OCA Unveils Historical Maker Honoring Asians Who Served in Civil War http://www.asiawind.com/oca-columbus/oca030603.htm Washington, DC - The Organization of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 13, 2003
      OCA Unveils Historical Maker Honoring Asians Who Served in Civil War
      http://www.asiawind.com/oca-columbus/oca030603.htm

      Washington, DC - The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a
      national Asian Pacific American (APA) civil rights advocacy and
      educational organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates
      nationwide, participated in the unveiling of the first historical
      marker in the United States dedicated to commemorating the American
      Civil War solders of Asian descent in Columbus, Ohio.
      The unveiling on April 26, 2003 took place in Franklin Park in
      Columbus. This event was in conjunction with OCA's National Board
      meeting and was well attended by members of the board as well as
      government and community leaders of the state of Ohio.


      Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) served as honorary guest at the
      banquet celebrating the unveiling of the historical marker. During
      the last Congress, Congressman Honda introduced a Joint Resolution
      posthumously proclaiming soldiers of Asian descent who fought in the
      Civil War to be honorary citizens of the United States (H. J. Res.
      125). There were numerous soldiers of Asian descent that fought
      bravely in the Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War.

      "Many of these honorable soldiers were denied citizenship despite
      their service to this country due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of
      1882 and the anti-Asian sentiment of the time," stated Raymond Wong,
      OCA National President. "The establishment of the Ohio historical
      marker is a first step in honoring the bravery of these formerly
      unrecognized veterans of the Civil War."
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