KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – U.S. Congressman Darren Soto, community and local elected leaders, along with the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee, held a ceremony to rename the Kissimmee Oak Street Post Office Building in honor of the Borinqueneers, the Puerto Rican regiment of the United States Army Saturday morning.
In 1908, Congress incorporated the newly created Puerto Rico Regiment of Infantry into the regular Army. Later, the Regiment was renamed the 65th Infantry. For valor in service, ten Distinguished Service Crosses, 256 Silver Stars, 606 Bronze Stars and 2,771 Purple Hearts were awarded to the men of the 65th Infantry for their bravery and heroism throughout World War II. In 2014, the Borinqueneers received the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their extraordinary service to the nation throughout multiple wars, including the Korean War and World War II. They join the Navajo Wind Talkers, the Nisei Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the Montford Point Marines in the list of honorees.
In the Fall of 2017, Rep. Soto filed H.R. 4042, a bill to rename the Oak Street post office after the Borinqueneers, and it passed Congress with co-sponsorship by the entire Florida congressional delegation. The bill was signed into law on March 23, 2018.
Also in attendance were Kissimmee City Commissioners Wanda Rentas and Angela Eady, Representatives from the Office of U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, along with Kissimmee City Commission, District 2 candidates Andrew Jeng and Felix Ortiz who will face off in a runoff election November 6.
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