The Board of Directors and Members of the Samaj congratulates our BOT member Mr. Peter Bheddah for being the recipient of 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Mr. Peter Bheddah, member of the Board of Trustee and the past president of the Samaj is selected to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 12, 2012.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor celebrate the richness and diversity of American life, honoring not only individuals, but the pluralism and democracy that have enabled our ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of the American Way of life. Both the United States House of Representatives and Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record. Past Medalists from the Samaj members include Dr. Bhupi Patel, Dr. Navin Mehta , Dr. Sudhir Parikh and Mr. Nitin Doshi. Also past medalists include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.
The medal of honor award is presented by NECO.
Ellis Island is the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed in their quest for freedom of speech, religion and economic opportunity. Through struggle and sacrifice, these immigrants have built our nation.