Arthur E. Flegel Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award

Ellis Island, New York, May 12, 2007

Photography by Michael M. Miller

National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) History

Established in 1986 by NECO, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. Held each May on Ellis Island, the event is full of pageantry, grandeur and emotion. All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate in this spectacular event. Dancers in their native costume add to the international flavor of this celebration. A gala dinner follows the moving ceremony. As a grand finale, a majestic fireworks display illuminates the sky and America’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty.

Ellis Island is the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed in their quest for freedom of speech, religion and economic opportunity. Through struggle and sacrifice, these immigrants have built our nation. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor celebrates the richness and diversity of American life, honoring not only the individuals, but the pluralism and democracy that have enabled our ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of the American way of life.

Both the United States House of Representatives and Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record. Past Medalists include six U.S. Presidents as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

Arthur E. Flegel (left) walks into the
Ellis Island Museum.
Cleora Reuscher Flegel, Robert Flegel, Anne
Flegel, Mark Flegel, Brian Flegel, Nini
Bochorishvili, foregin exchange student
(leaning down), and Beverly Pflugeath.
Arthur E. Flegel receives Medal of Honor.
Arthur E. Flegel receives Medal of Honor.

Arthur E. Flegel is author of the book, Extended Relationships of the Kulm, Leipzig, Tarutino Communities in Bessarabia, Russia.

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