I’m so pleased to announce the names of the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients. This year we had an overwhelming number of nominations and have been working since January to select the 100 most patriotic, compassionate, accomplished Americans to honor. On Saturday, May 7th, all honorees will join me on Ellis Island for a ceremony that will be remembered for a lifetime. Each Medalist will receive their honor on stage in front of family and friends, before retiring to the Great Hall for an elegant dinner where the festivities continue. Finally, to cap off such a spectacular night, we will take the ferry back to Battery Park while fireworks provided by the world-famous Grucci family light up the sky above Lady Liberty.
As this year we will be celebrating the Medals 30th anniversary, we are planning some incredible entertainment for our guests including a particularly moving, patriotic All-Branch Military Color Guard ceremony which will open and close our show. We will also welcome back some old friends to the stage, as well as new ones. When it is all over, each of our Medalists will know that NECO and the citizens of America, appreciate their work on behalf of our nation and that we hope their good work will inspire others to continue to ‘pay it forward’ for our greater good.
I must thank our Board of Directors and our many Advisory Committee members for their stellar nominations, as well as the time and effort they contributed to make sure that NECO honors the most accomplished individuals from around the nation and recognizing 38 ethnicities.
Thank you for your interest in NECO and I look forward to seeing you on May 7th, on Ellis Island.
Nasser J. Kazeminy