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An unprecedented gathering of descendants of Chinese American WWII veterans came to Manhattan’s Chinatown American Legion for a group photo to gain support of the Congressional Gold Medal Act.

Lilian Bit is a descendant of two WWII veterans, her grandfather and father. She felt a group photo would be a notable effort to gain support of HR2358, the Congressional Gold Medal Act of the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project. The Senate version, S1050, passed a month ago. HR2358 only needs just 48 more co-sponsors to reach the minimum 290 required from the House of Representatives for it to pass. The descendants are encouraged to send the group photo to their Congressional representatives to show them the faces of these heroes that fought for the nation’s freedom at a time racism against the Chinese was widespread.

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