The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was created to celebrate American citizens, native-born or naturalized, who have made an impact on American lives. Our International Medal is presented under the same criteria to non-US citizens whose humanitarian and charitable contributions to the world are worthy of celebrating.
Cassidy Curtain is one special little girl. In 2010, when she was just 7 years old, Cassidy raised several hundred dollars to support NECO and our partner, Gift of Life International (GOLI), to bring lifesaving medical care to Uganda.
2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell has been honored by Emperor Akihito of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, the second highest honor available to a non-Japanese citizen.
On Thursday, September 22nd, the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, stepped onto Ellis Island as a guest of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to personally view an exhibit commemorating the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Armenians who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island.
NECO has always referred to our Medalists as family. It is with great sadness that we memorialize two remarkable journalists who, while working in extremely different fields, made equally indelible marks on their friends and fans.