(House of Representatives - November 19, 2013)

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[Pages H7199-H7200]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


  (Ms. HANABUSA asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Ms. HANABUSA. Mr. Speaker, tomorrow will mark the 50th anniversary of 
the executive order of President Kennedy which established the 
Presidential Medal of Freedom. Five hundred exceptional individuals 
have received the award in these 50 years. Tomorrow, 16 will be 
honored, including President Bill Clinton.
  For us in Hawaii, it is noteworthy that the Hawaii-born President 
will be honoring Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In his press release, the 
President recognized the Senator for his lifelong public service, 
including the highly decorated 442nd Regiment in World War II, for 
which he was awarded the highest

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military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  It is, however, most noteworthy that when asked how the Senator 
wanted to be remembered, Senator Inouye said:

       Very simply, that I represented the people of Hawaii 
     honestly and to the best of my abilities. I think I did okay.

  He was a true American, a humble man, and truly deserving of the 
highest civilian honor of this great country.