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Congressional Gold Medal presented to the Monuments Men

Of the nearly 350 men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Art & Archives Unit recovering and returning fine art, books and other items looted by the Nazis during World War II, six are still alive.  On Thursday, October 22, one of the youngest of the group, Mr. Harry Ettlinger, now 89 years old, accepted the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of what has become known as The Monuments Men. In attendance were 175 family members of the Monuments Men plus hundreds of others.  It has been my pleasure to learn about the work of these men and women while researching the life of Joseph Anthony Horne. Below are a few pictures from the event where the political parties put differences aside to honor great deeds done in the past and encourage continued preservation of art and culture in these troubled times as well.

Exterior of the Capitol Building

U.S. Army Band Pershing's Own and U.S. Army Voices

U.S. Army Band Pershing’s Own and U.S. Army Voices preparing themselves.

Member of U.S. Army Color Guard retiring the colors.

Member of U.S. Army Color Guard retiring the colors.

Rep. Michael E. Capuano (MA) and Rep. Kay Granger (TX)

Rep. Michael E. Capuano (MA) and Rep. Kay Granger (TX)

Sen. Roy Blunt (MI) and Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ)

Sen. Roy Blunt (MI) and Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ)

Robert M. Edsel, Chairman of the Board, Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art

Robert M. Edsel, Chairman of the Board, Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives

Harry Reid, Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate and Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate

Harry Reid, Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate and Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate

Speaker of the House John A. Boehner about to present the gold medal.

Speaker of the House John A. Boehner about to present the gold medal.

Mr. Harry Ettlinger, Monuments Man, accepting the award.

Mr. Harry Ettlinger, Monuments Man, accepting the award.

Other Monuments Men present at the ceremony were Richard Barancik, Motoko Fujishiro Huthwaite, and Bernard Taper.  Learn more about these amazing men and women at …

http://www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/

Picture of all four Monuments Men at ceremony

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