CareOne At Wellington Resident Receives Congressional Gold Medal
At a ceremony in Washington, DC held on April 13th, 2016, Congress honored the veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment with the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian awards recognizing achievements that have impacted American history and culture. Nicknamed “The Borinqueneers”, the 65th Infantry Regiment was the only Hispanic-segregated unit in Army history and participated in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
Local ceremonies were planned throughout the New York and New Jersey areas to present replica medals to the veterans who were unable to attend the Washington, DC event. On August 19th, 2016, CareOne at Wellington resident Wendell Vega received his medal from Noemi Figueroa Soulet, El Pozo Productions Executive Producer who produced and directed the award-winning documentary film “The Borinqueneers” profiling the history of the 65th Infantry Regiment; the film’s Military Advisor Retired SFC Angel Cordero and Associate Producer William Cruz. Mr. Vega is one of 24 veterans interviewed in the film.
“Wendell attended many fundraisers during the nine years it took us to complete the film and would participate in Q&A sessions talking about his wartime experiences, along with other 65th veterans,” said Ms. Figueroa Soulet. “We are deeply indebted to him for his help.”
The ceremony was planned as a surprise for 83-year-old Mr. Vega of East Rutherford, NJ, who just became a grandfather of twins. “All of our patients and staff were excited to be part of the recognition ceremony honoring Wendell,” said CareOne at Wellington Administrator Mirlana Morris. “At CareOne at Wellington, it always gives us great pride to celebrate the accomplishments of our patients, especially our veterans who have made such a significant impact on our country.”